Presidential Blessing: October 6, 2018

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Presidential Blessing: October 6, 2018
Joy, Prayer and Thankfulness – A Spiritual Recipe for the Soul!
Greetings! It is good to be back home after being away for a series of meetings out of the Province.
We celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving during this weekend (and Monday), a holiday that encapsulates a positive outlook to life. This is a time for us to ponder and show appreciation for God’s most valuable provisions: life, family, friends, freedom, food, shelter, protection, work opportunities, and above all, the knowledge of His Word, and the free salvation we have in Christ. Paul, inspired by God, encourages us to “in everything give thanks…”. (II Thess. 5:18, NASV) However, this special counsel is preceded by two important reminders - “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing…” (II Thess. 5:16-17, NASV). All of these tell me that a grateful person is one with a continuous joyful spirit who also recognizes the need of the Lord’s presence in his/her life. Yes, that is manifested through a faithful commitment to prayer and dependence on Him. In these three short verses Paul addresses the beauty of a powerful Christian life: joyfulness, prayerfulness, and thankfulness.
“Nothing tends more to promote health of body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude and praise. It is a positive duty to resist melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings—as much a duty as it is to pray.” (EGW, MH 251).Then let us educate our hearts and lips to speak the praise of God for His matchless love. Let us educate our souls to be hopeful and to abide in the light shining from the cross of Calvary. Never should we forget that we are children of the heavenly King, sons and daughters of the Lord of hosts. It is our privilege to maintain a calm repose in God… Forgetting our own difficulties and troubles, let us praise God for an opportunity to live for the glory of His name. Let the fresh blessings of each new day awaken praise in our hearts for these tokens of His loving care. When you open your eyes in the morning, thank God that He has kept you through the night. Thank Him for His peace in your heart. Morning, noon, and night, let gratitude as a sweet perfume ascend to heaven”. (Ibid, 253).
During this Thanksgiving Season, I pray that all of us will renew our decision, by God’s grace, to live a Christian life that will naturally reveal a positive attitude of joy, prayer, and gratitude as a reflection of our “daily walk” with our Creator and Savior.
Happy Sabbath… and Happy Thanksgiving!
In His Service,

Wesley Torres, D.Min