A Gateway to Gratefulness

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.” Psalm 100:4

In my neighborhood there is an attractive residential complex we’ll call Gateway. It’s just adjacent to a busy shopping area that has several stores and restaurants. Whenever I enter the shopping plaza there are always other people driving fast to enter the plaza to make purchases or eat at one of the restaurants.

The thing is that I have never seen anyone enter through the gate of the residential complex—never a line of people waiting to get in with their little gate card; never a mail man, pizza delivery car, or parcel delivery truck. There is never any indication at all that anyone is going to this complex–which made we wonder if anyone lived in the complex.

That appearance of bareness happens within the spiritual complex of the believer’s life from time to time. During worship services or any station in life some time it looks like there is plenty of exuberance, vitality, and zest in our lives for the things of God. Yet there are other times when there appears to be no sign of joy, no gladness, or no spiritual gusto and praise at all.

Just the other day I drove into the shopping plaza on my way to the pharmacy and as I passed by the residential area, I noticed a SUV parked in front of a garage. “Wow” I thought, “someone is living in this complex!” Suddenly I felt a little hopeful and glad that the complex did have a resident—then I thought other people may live there too.

In any case, the resident drove through the gate and left his SUV out where others could see that YES someone lives there. “Yes, I drove through the gate and parked my SUV and went into the condominium.” Likewise, it’s up to us to enter God’s gates of holiness, with its complexities and all, packing an apparently grateful heart. That’s right enter his gates packing apparent gratefulness—so that others can see. Why? Because there is always so much to be grateful for each time we enter his holy presence.

Secondly, as I look forward to the holidays and a tasty Thanksgiving dinner or two; attending special worship services, and visiting with friends, I can’t help but believe that to enter God’s complex of holiness should also move us to bless his holy name always.

Truth is, the Lord is worthy to be praised. Hallelujah!

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes

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