Head of School Messages
This weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving. I did not realize that the English explorer Martin Frobisher and his crew had the first Canadian Thanksgiving in 1578. “As the story goes, in 1578, English explorer Martin Frobisher and his crew gave thanks and communion was observed, either on land at Frobisher Bay, in present day Nunavut, or onboard a ship anchored there.” It is clear that Martin gave thanks to God for his journey(s) despite the many challenges he and his crew faced.
As we observe Thanksgiving we are facing many challenges as well; loss of work, strained relationships, Covid-19, loss of loved ones… We serve a God that wants to do so much more than change our situations. He wants to change our hearts! Author Debbie McDaniel shares, “His power, through hearts of gratitude and focused minds on Him, releases the grip our struggles have over us. We’re strengthened by His peace, refueled by His joy.”
No, matter what our current situation, or the struggles we may be facing, here is what choosing to be thankful does:
It gets our eyes off ourselves, and helps us to focus back on God.
It reminds us we’re not in control, but that we serve a Mighty God who is. It keeps us in a place of humility and dependency on Him, as we recognize how much we need Him.
It helps us to recognize we have so much to be thankful for, even all the little things, for which often we may forget to thank Him. It takes our attention off our problems and helps us instead to reflect on the goodness of His many blessings.
It reminds us that God is the Giver of all good gifts. We were never intended to be fully self-sufficient in this life. A grateful heart reminds us that ultimately God is our Provider, that all blessings and gifts are graciously given to us by His hand.
A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaining. For it is impossible to be truly thankful and filled with negativity and ungratefulness at the same time.
It makes the enemy flee. The forces of darkness can’t stand to be around hearts that give thanks and honour to God. Our praise and thanksgiving will make them flee.
It opens the door for continued blessings. It invites His presence. He delights in our thankfulness and pours out His Spirit and favour over those who give honour and gratitude to Him.
Take some time with your family this weekend and discuss all the things that you are thankful for, and like Frobisher did so many years ago, give thanks to our Heavenly Father.
We are blessed!