FBC Macon

Nurture. Love. Serve. ALL.

We’re proud of our Baptist history and heritage, but we’re also proud of our diversity. At First Baptist you will find a group of people coming from a variety of different church backgrounds and denominations who have found a home at the “top of Poplar.” And while our congregation comes from all over middle Georgia, we are a downtown church and see it is our mission to be the presence of Christ to our InTown and College Hill communities here in Macon.

Practicing Gratitude

“Three Gratitudes,” by Carrie Newcomer

Every night before I go to sleep

I say out loud

Three things that I'm grateful for,

All the significant, insignificant

Extraordinary, ordinary stuff of my life.

It's a small practice and humble,

And yet, I find I sleep better

Holding what lightens and softens my life

Ever so briefly at the end of the day.

Sunlight, and blueberries,

Good dogs and wool socks,

A fine rain,

A good friend,

Fresh basil and wild phlox,

My father's good health,

My daughter's new job,

The song that always makes me cry,

Always at the same part,

No matter how many times I hear it.

Decent coffee at the airport,

And your quiet breathing,

The stories you told me,

The frost patterns on the windows,

English horns and banjos,

Wood Thrush and June bugs,

The smooth glassy calm of the morning pond,

An old coat,

A new poem,

My library card,

And that my car keeps running

Despite all the miles.

And after three things,

More often than not,

I get on a roll and I just keep on going,

I keep naming and listing,

Until I lie grinning,

Blankets pulled up to my chin,

Awash with wonder

At the sweetness of it all.

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I find it difficult to read this poem and not begin listing off my own “gratitudes.”

Family snuggles at 7am,

Hot tea and a fire on a cold weeknight,

Light pouring through stained-glass windows,

Cornbread (I’m eating some right now).

Ultimately, gratitude is less something we feel and more something we do. It’s less an emotion and more a practice. When we focus our attention to gratitude or thanksgiving, we find that it shapes what we see, which it turns shapes how we feel, which then shapes how we live. 

Faith, like gratitude, is less something we feel and more something we practice. It’s lived in the decisions we make, how we treat the people in our lives—both those we know and even those we don’t. The words we say and the ones we choose not to say. How we spend our money.

In this season when we’re invited to take stock of the year gone by and imagine what’s in store for the year ahead, what would it mean to practice gratitude, in concrete ways? Something as simple as a bedtime ritual, or perhaps something more substantial, like the investment of time or resources in people doing good work? Maybe a commitment to engage with those whom we disagree in ways that seek understanding and not victory? What would it look like to practice gratitude in the year ahead? What kind of people would we become?

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WEEKLY SERVICES

Sunday
Sunday School at 9:45am
Morning Worship at 11:00am

Wednesday Evening
We begin with a meal at 5:30pm. Music and missions activities are available for adults, youth, and kids. Learn More

 

CONTACT US

511 High Place
Macon, GA 31201
Directions to FBCX

Telephone: 1.478.742.6485

Email: office@fbcxmacon.org


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