Thoughts on Thanksgiving

I have been intent this year on learning how to ‘be joyful always,’ as the apostle Paul instructs in his first letter to the Thessalonians. Can I simply choose joy? Time and again I am struck with the thought that a joyful heart is the product of a spirit of thanksgiving. When I give thanks, I remember all that God has done – in my life, and here at Camp Hebron – and my heart overflows with joy. I am reminded of the words of the Psalmist, celebrated in song and memorized in Sunday school:


 Enter his gates with thanksgiving

  and his courts with praise;

  give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

  his faithfulness continues through all generations.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for the faithfulness of God, especially as demonstrated through the hands and feet of Camp Hebron partners for nearly six decades. Thanks be to God for all he has done. And thanks to YOU, for being his hands and feet.