We are at the first Sunday of November already. Where did the year go? This means that the holidays are right around the corner. We know this because we’ve already had our first snowfall of the season and the Lifetime and Hallmark Holiday movies are on TV, much to my husband’s dismay. He says if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. And he has a good point. The plots of these corny but delightful movies are often similar — girl returns to her quaint hometown after several years of establishing a busy and successful career in the big city to unexpectedly bump into an old sweetheart who then makes her realize that everything she ever needed was right there all along — or a scrooge of a man gets stranded by a snowstorm in this backwoods town with a Christmas themed name that celebrates Christmas to the hilt and even has a resident that looks uncannily like Santa and while he is stuck in this town the humble residents teach him the true mean of Christmas — or of course, the young hard-working girl meets and falls in love with a prince of a guy, but oh wait, he really is a prince! Though the storylines never usually center around the birth of Jesus, they usually always end up in a good place – love and appreciate the people in your life. As we gear up for this holiday season, let’s take a hint from these corny little movies – take a breather every once in a while and let your people know how thankful you are to have them in your life and how much you love them.
4 I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
2 We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 (NLT)