A Simple Thank You

posted Jul 15, 2022, 6:41 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,


Grace and peace to you in this season of Ordinary Time. 


I’ve said it often: As people who follow Jesus, we are given extravagant grace each and every day. Our response to this grace is to live in a space of gratitude toward God. This is our Reformed tradition’s teaching; indeed, it is primarily this teaching that drew me to the Reformed faith in the first place. But lately, I’ve been wondering how I can show my gratitude not just to God, but to those whom God created and calls Beloved. I believe when we express a simple thank you to people who cross our path, we are not only brightening their day but also making God smile.


So, I’ve been practicing a gratitude attitude. The other day after the lawn crew finished their work, I realized how beautiful they make our grounds look every week. I texted the owner of the company and told him as much and asked him to thank the crew for me. In addition, I had a wonderful medical team that took care of me during my surgery. I mean, they were top-notch and incredibly caring. Thus, I wrote a thank-you card to them and put it in the mail. I reckon after two-and-a-half years of dealing with COVID our medical professionals are more than physically tired, if not soul weary.  


In our culture, we seem quick to complain, but not as speedy to take the time to praise. But a simple thank you can make a child of God feel seen and appreciated. It’s an easy thing to do and it brings a glimmer of joy into their world. How will you share gratitude with another person today or this week? Perhaps if we were more intentional in thanking those whom God brings into our lives, the peace-filled kingdom of God would come, if for a moment.  


Come to church with a gratitude attitude for the grace we’ve been given this Sixth Sunday after Pentecost in person or on Facebook live. Tom Martucci will be leading us in song as we worship our God with music. I will be preaching from Luke 10.38-42, the familiar story of Mary and Martha, and my sermon title is Choosing the Better Part. 


See you Sunday! Thank you for being such a Fabulous Church of Love!


In gratitude for the joy of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you,


Pastor Trish

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