Give Thanks

November 26, 2023 Download: Audio

1Thessalonians 5:16-18

“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

When we get into a dark place, what brings us out? These commands in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 train us to see through the darkness to the light and hope of God.

Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Th 5:16–18)