In a few hours, our family of two grownups, four kids and one dog will cram into the minivan and drive to down to Monroe, Ohio where my brother and his family reside. This is our annual tradition on Thanksgiving. We spend the morning with my brother’s family and then we gather with Hannah’s extended family in Cincinnati in the afternoon.
Now is a season for thanksgiving. Last week, I heard someone say that thanksgiving is the beginning and the end of faith. Paul says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thes. 5:18).
Some of us may find it difficult to give thanks because of the circumstances in our lives are far from good and thanks-worthy. Yet, we are entreated to give thanks in ALL circumstances, because by faith we believe that God will make all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28).
The power of thanksgiving is the power of transformation. The power of thanksgiving is the power of healing. Give thanks to God for the work that he is doing in transforming the rough places in our lives and in our land. Give thanks to God for the healing that is taking place and will take place in the broken and hurt parts of our bodies and our world. Give thanks to God for the repenting hearts where sin had wreaked havoc. Give thanks to God for the forgiveness we receive and extend to others. Give thanks to God for the spirit of compassion and mercy that marks those who walk in the way of Jesus. Give thanks to God for those who hunger and thirst for righteousness because they will be filled and through them the kingdom of heaven will be realized.
Have a joyful and blessed day of thanksgiving!
- Lincoln Way North Madrigal Singers will perform at our church this Sunday 11/30 during the 9am service.
- Our Advent Study will begin this Sunday. We will be using Adam Hamilton’s “Not a Silent Night” ($10 each). Here is a link for some more information on this study. http://www.cokesbury.com/forms/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=1263061
- Our Blue Christmas Service is next Wednesday, 12/3. Go here to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/events/349137738599382/
- Thanks to all who submitted their 2015 Estimate of Giving (Pledge) cards last Sunday. If you were not at church or if you simply did not get a chance to turn in your cards yet, you can still drop the card off at the church office or put it in the offering plate during Sunday service. Even easier, you can submit the information via email to Christy McCown, our financial secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.