Thoughts on Thanksgiving

by David Delzell, Director of Partner Relations

Thanksgiving is born from a healthy perspective.

In my life and ministry, I’ve met many people who never seem to be thankful, regardless of what they have or what other people do for them.

But then, there are those who are thankful for even the smallest acts of kindness, or parts of life that may go unnoticed by others. I’m reminded of a quote that said in part, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”

It’s clear that we don’t need to look very far to find people less fortunate than we are, especially here at The Gospel Mission.

If we indeed have a healthy perspective on life, we can begin to realize that even though we may be less fortunate than others, we all have so much to be thankful for.

It’s been our objective at the Mission to help those who’ve lost all hope to realize their God-given potential to overcome a seemingly hopeless situation.

Even when all hope feels lost, we can take hold of God’s promise found in Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans I have for you…plans to give you a future and a hope.”

This year, I’ve been especially thankful for all of you who’ve partnered with us in restoring hope to the hopeless. Time and time again, we’ve witnessed God’s plans unfold in the lives of those who’ve faced difficult trials and who may feel hopeless.

Everyone who supports this ministry plays a vital role in fulfilling the plans of God in the lives of those we serve.

As I consider the things I’m thankful for, I’m reminded of what Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus:

“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.”

Please know that we pray for you, and thank God for you, our partners in ministry, all year long. And that the work that you contribute to in our ministry helps those less fortunate to find a source of hope in a seemingly hopeless world.

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