A Note From the Editor

Photo by Selma Komisky

A Note From the Editor: November, 2016

By Sarah Komisky

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

James 1:17 (NIV)

Give thanks. Many say it. The Pilgrims and Native Americans did, right? But what or why are we doing it in the first place? Well, history plays a role in it. But it’s not the only reason for giving thanks, and I think it goes beyond Pilgrims and Indians. For many Americans, Thanksgiving has simply become a yearly tradition. We put turkey, gathering together, pumpkin pie, football, and giving thanks on our list for things to do and it becomes a part of our yearly ritual. We take a day to be grateful and for one day, we commit to it until November 24th fades like our holiday leftovers and giving thanks is off our radar.

Yet, maybe the thing we love about the holidays is giving thanks. Why? Because giving thanks makes us feel better. We like when people are a little happier and express their gratitude. We like actually hearing that someone is grateful for us and enjoy having the opportunity to say we are thankful for them. It’s a part of why we are so thankful for Thanksgiving in and of itself! But most of us let this gratitude wear off too soon. But I want to pose the possibility of letting our hearts be thankful year round. What if we vocalized this appreciation a little more? What if we took time to actually count our blessings? What if we let our actions speak from an overflow of our hearts? What if the other 364 days we choose to give thanks?

Well, my prayer is that we will. This issue of Marked Ministry is your starting point. We want to inspire you to take the challenge beyond the dinner table. And to show our gratitude for the awesome year we’ve had together, Marked Ministry wants to include extra interviews with people we so appreciate for their heart for God. Also, we want to share our articles with you in hope that it will prepare your hearts for the holiday and inspire thanksgiving in your lives. Overall, may this issue direct your heart to give thanks and express your gratitude to the God from whom all blessings flow: Jesus Christ.

So count your blessings with us. Whether you’re inspired, challenged, motivated, encouraged, or simply blessed, our desire is for you to give thanks with us because we are so incredibly thankful for you! And may we keep gratitude on our lips this year and always in our hearts year-round.

Happy Thanksgiving All!