"Thankfulness keeps you grounded in reality, that there is good in life in spite of the difficulties we face," says Mike McAvoy, Pastor of Open Arms Community Church.
As many are facing economic woes, personal and relational struggles, and a number of situations, he says it is important not to address those issues head on, without becoming a victim, "Thankfulness is not ignoring or pretending that you don't have problems, it's not allowing the pain of your problems rob you of the joy of all your blessings."
McAvoy also says that while it's good to be thankful, it's better to direct that thanks in the right direction, "Thankfulness reminds us that God is faithful and he is bigger, smarter, and stronger than whatever we face in life."
The Open Arms facebook page is encouraging the community to share sentiments of gratitude as a comment on their wall.
Open Arms Community Church is wrapping up their series entitled dotGov this Sunday, and next week will launch a series of holiday messages entitled, "Give: The Key to Greater Blessing" which addresses generosity.
For more information about Open Arms Community Church, visit http://www.openarmsbradford.org
Picture of the McAvoy family taken from Facebook, hoping they don't mind.