4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” NRSV
This magnificent text from the Apostle Paul needs no commentary. It just needs a hearing…another hearing…and another. So, please sit with this text for awhile this Thanksgiving. Allow the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” to soak into you through your pores, to penetrate into the very marrow of your bones. Then, you will know rejoicing. Gentleness will be your calling card.
And, remember, pause to give thanks to God for this indescribable gift!