As we approach Thanksgiving and reflect on the year that has passed, I want to echo the words of St. Paul in Philippians 1:3-6, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
It is true, I am grateful to my Lord that has He allowed me the privilege of being pastor here at St. Paul Lutheran Church. God has begun a good work in you, and He will carry it out to completion. He is constantly working in our hearts and minds, turning us towards Him so that we might glorify Him in all that we do. I pray as we enter the Holiday season and enjoy time with our family and friends celebrating, we are able to glorify God in all that we do. I pray we’re able to rise above arguments that happen every year over the turkey, and are able to ignore the unkind words family members sometimes say, but instead are able to lift each other up, and be a witness to our Lord as we respond differently than expected.
So I thank the Lord and I thank you for our partnership in the Gospel. May we, in all of our relationships, be able to reflect the love that our Lord has for us. May all we do bring glory to God and may we always be a testimony to His work in our lives.
Greetings in Christ Jesus,
November has special days to celebrate. November 1st is All Saints Day, a special day to thank God for all those who have preceded us to heaven. We especially remember those who entered eternity this past year. We will acknowledge them on Sunday, November 4th. Of course, Thanksgiving Day comes in November: It is not a liturgical church day, but a special day declared by our government to give thanks for God’s blessings on our country.
Another special day is our Senior Saints luncheon. It is Friday, November 16th at noon. Bring your favorite sack lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided. There will be a special guest speaker sharing with us how to leave a legacy about you to your relatives and friends and how they can remember you.
As we grow older, the hair becomes gray, the body aches in various places. We need to remember to lighten up and laugh at ourselves. Psalm 126:3 puts it well. “The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.” We indeed are glad because Christ has conquered death and the devil. We can laugh and be glad, even when we are older. Here are a couple of reasons for us seniors to laugh at ourselves – chewing gum now means that you forgot to put in your teeth or you get tired just waking up and you brush your teeth with Preparation H. One last one – you have more spots than a leopard.
May God bless your November and a joyous Thanksgiving. Remember to smile and laugh. Jesus lives!
In Christ’s love,