It seems that each month there is something we must cancel due to COVID 19 precautions. This month, at least to me, really hurts. We must cancel our annual Thanksgiving Fellowship.
The Thanksgiving Fellowship is held each year the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It is always extremely well attended. We include the senior saints from Regal Estates retirement home. The buffet of turkeys and hams and family-prepared sides (and Angel Eggs!) always warms my heart. It is the door through which we enter the Christmas season. I hate that we have had to cancel.
We are being told, and I am forced to believe them, that the COVID numbers are rising at an alarming rate. The church leadership will continue to approach decisions regarding our COVID response prayerfully. I’d like to encourage all of you to not lose your discipline when it comes to using the hand-sanitizer stations as you enter the church building and to be extra vigilant in staying home should you have any symptoms that could possibly be COVID …or the flu…or a bad cold.
We may have cancelled the Thanksgiving Fellowship, but Thanksgiving is still going to happen! Our families may gather a bit differently than we have in the past, but Thanksgiving will continue! And there is much to be Thankful for, isn’t there? In the midst of the storm that has been 2020 we have found safe harbor in our worship and prayer time. We have managed to keep the church doors open so we can gather and praise Him who created us, saved us and protects us! We have been able to help people affected by hurricanes and to feed people in Africa affected by COVID 19. There is much to be thankful for, isn’t there?
By the time you read this November 3rd, election day, may have passed. My guess is that we will not have reliable results yet. Regardless of what transpires, remember that the answer to our national issues is not in government, the answer is in God. He is sovereign. Benjamin Franklin wrote the following:
“Mr. President…groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?… I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that “except the Lord build, they labor in vain that build it.” Indeed.
Daniel 2:20-21… Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18… Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
God bless, Pastor Rob