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Posted on March 29th, 2020 by blogpost

And for This I Am Grateful: a gratitude journal: Amazon.co.uk ...

I’m back! Following the Live Stream this morning it really struck me how often and how much we take for granted in church life. There are people who do things to make church happen who we possibly don’t even realise are there until things go wrong and then we are quick to “encourage” them to get things right next time. Right now I am so grateful, and thankful, to God, for those in our church who are gifted in the technological side of things – people often described as geeks – without whom at the moment church would simply not be happening, because if it was left to me we would probably end up with a  broadcast of dogs doing daft things or people falling over, or even people falling over dogs doing daft things…

It’s also a salutary reminder to me that actually church could carry on without a Minister at times like this, but not without people like Alisdair Anderson. Today I turned up at 10.10am ready to “do my bit” and Alisdair had been there since 9am in order to bring today’s service to your laptop or mobile device.

One thing this situation has done is remind me how much work goes into a single service by so many people, and how much the Minister relies upon and depends upon everyone else, very much like a formula one driver and his pit crew. The lesson here I think is simple – it’s about developing an attitude of gratitude to the people who serve God by serving us at BBC. All too often people serving only ever hear stuff when people aren’t happy about them or their group – let’s turn things round and make it an exception to moan, and the rule to thank others for what they have done – and not just in a time of crisis like now, but when we get back to “normal” – in fact let’s commit to making a new “normal” once we are able to gather physically together again. As Paul writes in Philippians 1v3, “I thank my God every time I remember you”, or 1 Corinthians 1v4, “I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.”

So – first we have to remember those who do things for us, and then when we do, thank God for them, and every now and then, when the opportunity arises, tell them that you thank God for them. It will most likely make their day! And why not start today and bless someone who has been a blessing to you? Go on, you know it makes sense…

God bless, stay well

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