In Touch November 13, 2009
Posted on November 13, 2009 by under Touché,

 Our Church Refrigerator 

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4) 

Our gratitude wall is pretty empty.  Two Sundays ago we invited people to paste, post and poke pictures and messages of gratitude on a big wall in the Fellowship Hall.  It will be the back drop for our Thanksgiving Eve service.  So far it does not seem that we have much to be grateful for, or we have placed the wall in the wrong place, or have not captured the heart of the congregation in this exercise of thanks. 

The wall is moving to the entrance of our building.  As you come in Sunday you will almost bump into it through the main doors.  We will enter His gates with thanksgiving.  What I am proposing is that we turn this thanksgiving wall into our church refrigerator.  If your refrigerator is like ours, you have pictures and words, prayers and verses posted all over it with magnets.  One of my most precious pictures up there is thanksgiving at my uncle’s in 2003.  It was the last time that the whole extended Holbrook family was together and it was the last Thanksgiving I had with my father on earth.  The picture is fading around the edges, but it reminds me to give thanks for my heritage, my family and my father.  I will loan it to the Church refrigerator for this season. 

This Sunday I invite you to pull something off your refrigerator and bring it to church.  I have encouraged the kids to draw, paint or write something that they are thankful for.  I encourage you to remember the things we may miss if we run too fast: the song of a bird, a cool drink of water, the line of a leaf as it falls to earth.  We will have pins and tape for you to contribute to our refrigerator and by Thanksgiving Eve I hope the wall is as crowded as our refrigerator is at  home.  May it be our thanksgiving offering of gratitude to a God whose giving knows no end. 

In Thanks,