O give thanks to the Lord for He is good; for his steadfast love endues forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Leaves are falling and cold wisps of air remind us that summer has gone and winter is lurking around the corner. But wait! We’ve been isolated for so many months we have not had opportunity to enjoy the summer. Finally, we were able to worship, albeit with limited capacity, in church. But now that option is gone once more. But, even in the midst of this we have much for which to give thanks.
For me Thanksgiving always has been a time of reflection. From childhood, even as I gathered with family to celebrate, I thought of and gave thanks for many blessings – simple blessings – my faith, my family, and now you, my church family. Here, at St Martin’s we are blessed. As I reach out to you and hear your stories, I give thanks for ways you have blessed my life.
Throughout history – in the stories we read in the Bible – we read of challenges faced by God’s people. There were famines, wars, periods of imprisonment in foreign far-away lands. But in all of these, God walked beside His children. God led His children. God brought His children out of bondage and into the promised land. This Thanksgiving know that you are in my prayers. Even as I pray for you and for your well-being, I give thanks that God has blessed us and walked beside us.
As I try to reach out to you, know I am here for you. May your Thanksgiving be happy! And may you be blessed.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”