Gloria Ford: Saying thank you can work wonders

  • Friday, November 23, 2012

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
I Thess. 5:18

Prayerfully you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and that you thought about those who did not, and kept them in your prayers, especially the families of those members of Lighthouse of Jesus Church. We know that God is in control of all things and even in our times of trouble He promised never to leave us or forsake us.  Let us give thanks.

Giving thanks

Nancy Lublin, CEO of Fast Company wrote an article that says, “Thank you goes a long way.” I would like to share some excerpts:

“Here is what I know about Thanksgiving: It’s less about focusing us on giving thanks than it is about gorging on turkey.  The same week as our Thanksgiving, the British mark National Thank You Week.  It is not just about this vague notion of thanks – it’s aimed at helping us thank the people we encounter every day.

“Thanking people isn’t simply a matter of common courtesy.  A 10-year study by leadership experts Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton of 200,000 managers and employees showed that saying “thank you” correlates with bigger profits.  This isn’t surprising because giving thanks is a great motivational tool.  Who doesn’t like to be thanked?  What is surprising is how hard it is to say those two words.”

It really shouldn’t be so hard for us to say those two words, but we fail to do it every day.  I wonder did we say “thank you” to the person who prepared that wonderful Thanksgiving meal on yesterday, or did we say thank you to the clerk who checked us out at the register just before the store closed as we rushed to get that main ingredient?  Most of all did we thank our Creator for allowing us to enjoy another Thanksgiving Day?  

Saying thank you means I appreciate you and I think you are special.  Saying thank you can work wonders for a troubled heart, and can also be contagious causing others to appreciate a good deed done to them or for them.

I don’t know why Thanksgiving is not considered a religious holiday, for the first Thanksgiving truly centered around God and his great providence of protection and caring for his own as truly every day that he allows us to live centers around the same thing.  I can’t say “thank you” enough for all of God’s goodness unto me.  Let’s try to put those two words in action every day.

Mt. Zion AME Church

I would like to say thank you to the members of Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community for the wonderful senior citizen’s program that we enjoyed on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. with Sister Gale Greene presiding.  Others on program were Sisters Mary Ervin White, Janet Grayson, Silverteen Mitchum, Wanda Darby, Angiel Grayson, Myra Wiggins, Betty Sanders, Mary Grant Lucille McCoy, Leila Hooks, Josephine McCray, Joyce Hooks-Brown, Joyce Nesmith, and our young people Little Misses Navaeh Orange, Precious Brownlee, Michael Wiggins, and Nehemiah Grayson and poetess, Avianna Alston, along with the pastor, Rev. Herman Ford, Jr.  

Very special thanks to our speaker for the day, Evangelist Dorothy Green McCloud.  Evangelist McCloud spoke wonderful words that stirred our hearts, and made us thankful that we can all be a part of God’s service. Her sermon was focused on our senior citizens 72 and older.  

Our oldest males in the church are  Brother James Woody, and Brother Sam Seward at 90+ and our oldest female is Sister Iller Myers at 90+.  These members are still very active and attend church mostly every Sunday.  Their faith in God is strongly magnified in our church services.  

The other seniors are:  Sisters Bertell Bellamy, Louise Brown, Wunita Dozier, Mamie Gamble,  Sadie McCray, Marie McCullough, Sallie Moyd, Cora Oliver, Novil Seward, Willa Faye Watson, and Daisy Wright, along with Brothers Seward Jones, and Olin McCray.

Special thanks also go to Sister Joan Sessions and the kitchen committee for a wonderful meal that was served to all after church services.

Prayer

Again, I pray traveling mercies for all those who have come from other destinations to be home for Thanksgiving.  It is always good to be with family and friends.  Please drive responsibly and watch out for the other person.

Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the elderly and those who live alone, the homeless, the hungry, those facing surgeries of any kind, our men and women on the battlefield in Iraq and their families back home, our business owners, our mail carriers and other postal workers.  Let us not forget to pray for one another.

Don’t forget to join me on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 11 a.m. on 1470 AM WLMC.  May the blessings of the Lord be upon you, and his grace over shadow you.  May you give love to others as God has given it to you.  
May you always remember to give thanks in every thing.  Have a great weekend, and wonderful upcoming week.

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