I am so glad that November is here. The hurricane season officially ends and the cooler weather has finally arrived. However, my favorite November moment is the church's annual Thanksgiving Dinner held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 21st this year). It's an opportunity for us to see some folks we don't see all that often and also an opportunity for us to serve the senior saints from Regal Estates. It is always a good time and I pray that all of you will join us this year.
We shouldn't need a special Holiday for giving thanks, but I'm glad we have one. Even in a year that has been very difficult for many of us, there is still much for which to be thankful. Our God is a Deliverer. The 1st Thanksgiving was held in Plymouth Plantation by folks who endured horrible loss and tribulation yet were able to give thanks to God. Here's a quote from William Bradford;
"May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: 'Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice, and looked on their adversity. Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good, and His mercies endure forever. Yea, let them which have been redeemed of the Lord, shew how He hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor. When they wandered in the desert wilderness out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry, and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them. Let them confess before the Lord His loving kindness, and His wonderful works before the sons of men.' "
The Bible is full of verses calling us to thanksgiving. Here are a few of my favorites:
~ Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
~ Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
~ Colossians 3:15-17 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
~ Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
~ 2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
~ Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
~ Psalm 105:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
The verses that speak to me most on this subject are found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~ Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
It's God's will for us to always rejoice, always pray and always give thanks!
God bless, Pastor Rob