Gratitude: The Antidote to Anxiety

24 November 2021

Sermon given by the Rev. Nathan Stomberg on Thanksgiving Eve (11/24/2021).

God has ordained a profound simplicity in the act of proper gratitude. At its core, God-centered thanksgiving focuses our attention on our eternal reward in Christ Jesus. And from that focal point, every good gift we receive this side of heaven, as well as every misfortune we face due to sin, is put into perspective.

When we shortsightedly focus only on that which we lack in this life, we forget all that we are promised in Christ for the next. When this happens, we are seduced by sin to believe that this world is all there is. And if this world is all there is, then we certainly have a lot to be anxious about! This dichotomy lies at the root of our present tensions over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Join the Rector as he explains how gratitude is the cure for our anxiety.

Readings: Deuteronomy 8:1-3, 6-10, 17-20; Psalm 65:9-14; James 1:17-27; Matthew 6:25-33