• Deacon Larry Souter, Sr.

Being Thankful This Summer

Philippians 4:6: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.


Thankful – Gratis (Latin), feeling or expressing gratitude, a formal expression of thanks to God.

Summer – Sumor (Old English), The warmest season of the year; the season following Spring.

It is now Summertime, and like the song says “The living should be easy,” but it is not. We are now and have been struggling with Covid-19, mosquito born diseases, Swine Flu, and even a new seasonal flu. We have been required to wear facial masks, become aware of social distancing, working from home, and even learning, serving and worshiping virtually through technology. Yes, we have gone through a lot. But we still have a lot to be thankful for. We can still be Thankful to God. Why, Things can always be worse!

Prayer changes things. Spiritual benefits come to those who pray. God gives His Grace to the humble, but He resists the Proud (James 4:6). Humble people are thankful people. They show their gratitude in all things. That’s why they are not careful, or worried, or anxious for anything. (Philippians 4:6). Humble people are prayerful in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and they are grateful for everything.

Thankful people show gratitude for their Blessings. Some Blessings that we should show gratitude to God for are things like Food on your table (James 6:11, 23); Godly Wisdom (Daniel 2:23); Christian Converts (1st Thessalonians 1:2); Answered Prayers (John. 11:41); Our Salvation (2 Cor. 9:15); Remembering Communion Service (1 Corinthians 11:24) and last but not least our Changed Lives (1 Thessalonians 2:13).


Yes, It is Summertime! Although the living is not easy in this time of the New Normal. We as true Believers in God know and understand that He is still in control and He is working things out for our good and for His Glory. Be worried about nothing. Be Grateful! And as always take everything to the Lord in prayer. Because He Cares For You! (1 Pet. 5:7). Praise Him!

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