Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Colossians 3:16 NIV
Thanksgiving in Your Heart
Perhaps no Canadian Olympic athlete has found a place in more Canadian hearts than figure skater Joannie Rochette. Rochette’s mom arrived in Vancouver to watch her daughter compete, and died of a heart attack two days before Rochette’s competition began. Despite the tragedy, Rochette chose to compete at the Games anyway, in honour of her mother. There wasn’t a dry eye in the country when she took to the ice, and she won the bronze medal for her efforts. She later received the inaugural Terry Fox award.”
Happy Thanksgiving! I always wonder who atheists thank on this day. Those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ understand that He is the Creator of all things, and the Provider of every blessing. It is easy for us to give thanks to Him because it is a heart thing with us. This fits what the apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3:16: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” The Christian faith is always a matter of the heart. While the message of Christ makes all kinds of logical sense, and right belief is important, the bottom line of the Christian faith is that Christ dwells in our hearts by faith. So does the message of Christ. And it is out of the heart that gratitude and thanksgiving flows. That gratitude flows from our hearts in the words that we say and the songs that we sing. The people of God are people of gratitude and thanksgiving. Not just today, but every day.
These have been words from the heart.