Sweet Grapes and Thanksgiving

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his love endures forever.”

1 Chronicles 16:34

Dear Thankful Christians:     


               The other day, I went to my kitchen to find a snack. I opened the fridge door and looked over the containers of leftovers, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, meats and that thing that’s been in the back, wrapped in tinfoil for a while. Finally, I decided on some green grapes that Shellene had assured me were pretty good. I had my misgivings, after all we had just finished off a bunch of red ones that were quite sour. But, hey it turned out that these green grapes were delicious. They were ripe, full of flavor, sweet and popped with juice, just like the perfect grape should. Perhaps you like grapes and can imagine the taste of a great, juicy, refreshing grape. Even if you don’t like grapes, perhaps you like some of the other products made from grapes; the juice, the wine, the jelly, the jam, the raisins or even grape vinegar. The fact is that one little bundle of flavor, known as a grape, is a perfect super food, full of energy, healthy byproducts and just darn tasty.

   In so many small ways, just like one little grape, God has blessed us with so much. Think about it, a grape is just one small little fruit of the vine that takes dirt, sunlight,  water and time to become such a wonderful blessing. In this month ahead we set apart Thanksgiving to remember to give thanks to God for all the blessings we have been given. If we can acknowledge that even one little juicy grape is a blessing, then imagine how much God has given to bless you with in this life. November is a special time to step back and open our hearts and minds, to look over all the shelves of memories,  hopes, and opportunities, even that tinfoiled thing we forgot about in the back of our mind; and give thanks to God for the vast greatness of his blessings. Give thanks this year for all the blessings. 

                                                                                                                                       In the Peace and Grace of God,

                                                                                                                                                       Pastor Kirk Griffin