Pastor David Neal on Operation Global Rain Theme for Day 9: Joyful Thanksgiving

Pastor David Neal on Operation Global Rain Theme for Day 9: Joyful Thanksgiving

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JOYFUL THANKSGIVING

Pastor Earnest Marter was a former religion teacher of mine at college in the 1980’s. I only took a couple of classes with him, but he always came across to me as a most gracious person. He was of the old school, taught students in a dark suit and tie, with teaching that was conservative but full of depth. But it was the name of his home address a few hundred yards from the college that summed up for me the person he was. He named his small two/three bedroom semi-detached house ‘Gratitude’.

As I have often regularly shared and ‘grumped on’  about often, waking up where I live each morning  to darkness, grey clouds, rain and cold, does not exactly endear me to jump out of bed for joy and shout ‘Praise the Lord’. But the example of that faithful pastor in naming his house ‘Gratitude’ along with his gracious and pleasant attitude, sums up for me how a person of hope should really live. Sure the superficial grumps at the start of the day may always be there, but deep down, there is a joy that I hope is unshakable. Whatever circumstances I face, there are some certain things that I have every reason to be cheerful about. Here’s my top ten reasons for deep down joyful thanks which for me are part of my internal emotional, psychological and spiritual operating system.

  • I am not 1 of 7 billion, but am known personally by God my Creator. (Psalms 139, Isaiah 49:16)
  • The Lord Jesus Christ has given me the gift of His grace (Luke 15)
  • He has given me the gift of forgiveness and saves me from sin – past, present and future (John 3:16)
  • He has given me the gift of His presence – the Holy Spirit, always (Matthew 28:20)
  • He has a plan for my life – to which I am invited to walk with Him by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7, Isaiah 43:1-3)
  • The Kingdom of Heaven is now and in me (Matthew 5-7, Galatians 2:20)
  • The Kingdom of Heaven will be fully realised when Christ returns (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
  • There may be some trouble between now and then, but I am invited to look beyond the trouble and focus on Jesus (Hebrews 13:1-3)
  • There is work which He has given me to do. It could not be clearer (Matthew 28:19)
  • The prophetic letter about Jesus Christ that John sent to his churches tells a story that is honest and true. The story is that “The Lamb Wins” (Revelation 17:14)

The result - ‘Gratitude’

I hope the same is so for you.


Pastor David Neal is the President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

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