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Faith Beyond Walls: Thoughts on Gratitude

January 9, 2019
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“Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.” -Gertrude Stein

Our days are often filled with Thank Yous – we say it to the cashier or the person who holds the door open for us. We thank a colleague for their assistance, or our child when they put their toys away.

Yet, when we give thanks to God, it’s usually in quiet prayer, under the cover of night or early morning. Our gratitude in that context may not be shouted from the rooftops.

However, our youth here at FirstChurch made a very public declaration of giving and gratitude before Christmas. In anticipation of our 2019 Capital Campaign, our children and youth ministers worked with the kids on what giving is, what it means to give, and what it means to be grateful. One of the end results of that work was students filling out commitment cards on how they would give to the Capital Campaign. As you can imagine, the “pledges” ran the gamut – everything from colorful drawings made by 5-year-old hands to articulate statements from a teen on how much they value this church, and they plan to put their money where their heart is.

 

More than 300 children and youth filled out these cards, offering a great reminder that concepts of giving and gratitude can take all shapes and forms, and it’s okay to share them with the world. Perhaps it is true that it is the children who shall lead us (Isaiah 11:6)!

As you move through this week, how will you make your gratitude known and heard? Let’s take a cue from our youth, and boldly state how we will show thanks for all we’ve been given, and how we will give in turn – not just to the Capital Campaign, but in our lives as children of God. Let us be living examples of God’s love, and use our gratitude to enact a Faith Beyond Walls.

Learn more about the 2019 Capital Campaign at www.firstchurchdallas.org/faithbeyondwalls.

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