Attitude of Gratitude

New World UMCPastor's Blog

Thanksgiving week is here! Then, of course, we start the Advent season, and Christmas is just five weeks away.

I love having Thanksgiving preceding the Advent and Christmas seasons. I think it helps us prepare by reminding us of God’s goodness and posturing us to receive Jesus with grateful and humble hearts. Soon, we will hear our favorite Christmas music or not (some of you are already doing that, just couldn’t wait), eat delicious food, and visit with family and friends.

What are your experiences of Advent and Christmas? What are your memories? When I was a kid, the Advent and Christmas seasons meant going to grandma’s home and eat of all kinds of sweets and tamales. It was a time when I would see my uncles, aunts, and cousins and meet some family members for the first time. If there ever was a season to wear stretchy pants and stay up late, that was it!

For these and many other reasons, I always looked with anticipation for this time of year. It was a magical, joyful, and full-of-life season for a child like me. It had little to do with the presents, but much more so with the experiences because I was with the people that loved me and I loved. I was not joyful because I did not lack anything or had no troubles, but because I belonged with people.