November is the season for the celebration of Thanksgiving but it is not necessary to wait until the fourth Thursday of November to give thanks. And saying “thanks,” although important, is best expressed in actions and not words alone. Recently thanksgiving came to life once again in the amount of a check for $50,000 that was sent to the Eastern PA Annual Conference from the Mississippi Annual Conference. This check was for Hurricane Irene flood relief and it was sent as a way of saying “thanks” to the many teams of Volunteer in Mission workers who came from PA to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina destroyed so many homes and businesses. The people of Mississippi wanted the flood victims in Pennsylvania to receive their thanks by returning the favor. I expect we will see some VIM teams from Mississippi coming to visit us as well.
What are you thankful for? Can you give back by returning the favor to someone who has done much for you? There are so many people we can thank for our blessings. Do it today. Returning thanks is a blessing for both the giver and the receiver.