Pleasant Home UMC
Monday, December 17, 2018
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
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From the Pastor’s Desk...
Time and tide these days seem to be quickening the steps, and running faster. Though we may try to keep pace with them, we cannot.We are totally preoccupied with our daily responsibilities.
Moreover, every day we plan, prepare and carry on our regular as well as unexpected duties in our jobs and in our personal lives too. By the end of the day, we exhale to relieve stress and feel relaxed. We also desire to slow down and breath because it is one of the most pleasurable experience, we human beings treasure. It is not only a time to slow down and relax, but it is also a time to enjoy a moment of complete satisfaction and reflection on God’s grace in our lives. We also desire for a bit more of a breather in between our tight schedule.

Thanksgiving is a time to slow down from the fast paced world we live in. It is a time we group. reflect and relax. It is a time that we not only share a delicious meal with our loved ones, but we also express gratitude for God’s blessings in our lives. It is family time and families would gather and share stories. Thanksgiving is a wonderful day for everyone and what a blessing to have a day out of our so called busy lives to be thankful and grateful for God’s blessings. Sometimes those blessings come to us through our circle of friends, family members, co-workers, ministry partners or fellow church members, etc. These people are a part of who we are! Our lives would be far poorer without them.

However, frequently in our fast-pace lives, we neglect to tell them how much they mean to us. I wonder and ponder on whether we would take time to thank God and people around us if there is no fixed day to do this. Think about it because we are transforming and being transformed into automatons or cyborgs. We read in Proverbs 10:22 “It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.” God is the source of all our blessings. Sadly, amid our busy lives, we sometimes forget where it ultimately comes from. When I take a moment to slow down, here’s what I realize. I am grateful for God’s abundance showering on me. I am thankful for my wonderful family. I am thankful for all the people God has me surrounded with, and I am thankful for you.

Most of all I thank God for the assurance of the promises of an eternity in heaven. As you gather with family and friends and celebrate Thanksgiving, I encourage you to sow down and reflect on the many blessings that God has showered on you this past year. Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to slow down, catch our breath and be thankful. What are you thankful for? 


We read John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.)” As I read this sentence I understand God’s love for the lost world through Jesus Christ. Jesus became a human like us so that we could relate to Him on a personal level and visa versa. In John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish, but have eternal life.” God wants to reconcile the broken relationship between us and God through Him. We would be lost without God in our lives. Thereby, God showed us His love when he sent His Son to identify with us, so now we can say with confidence that God understands our struggles, fear and worries.


However, too often we don’t realize this truth. For example, politicians travel around the United States during campaign season not only to speak to people but also try to relate to them. They go through a small farming town in Nebraska, a surfing village in Florida, and a small rainy town in Oregon. Politicians love to show how they can relate to the people in each area they visit. However, you and I know that they can’t relate to them on the same level; they can’t identify with them no matter how hard they try.

On the other hand, Jesus had never tried to appear that He understands what we’re going through in life because He identifies with us. Jesus related to the people then and He is relating to us today on a level that we can understand and appreciate. I am sure that at one point or another we’ve all said, “nobody understands my situation, and no one understands me.” If you are saying that now, let me tell you that Jesus understands your situation. He’s been there and He knows what we’re going through every day. Jesus was working as a carpenter; He had a mother, father, brothers, sister, friends, and enemies. He even faced the same temptations that you and I face every day, yet He never sinned. Jesus understands our struggles because He had faced the same challenges of life. If you are facing life challenges in this Advent season and you feel like nobody understands your situation, let us remember what Jesus has done for us. You may have heard the saying, “God helps those who help themselves.” As long as we do our part, by trusting God He will do His part. God understands everything we are dealing with in our daily lives, and He has promised to walk with us at every step. Let us not lose heart, because He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Emanuel, God with us understands our struggles and He can give us the strength to overcome anything we deal with in our daily lives.