A Message From Pastor Thomas

"A Spirit of Thanksgiving"

November 2021
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story - those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,” Psalm 107:1-2

It’s hard to believe it’s November again! The change in weather and the colors of God’s creation remind us that it’s time. But it seems like I blinked and realized that 2021 is almost gone. And then I begin to feel the anxiety rise as I realize all that’s left to do in the next two months!

As I sat down to write this, my mind was swirling with a long to do list. I felt the pressure to “get it all done.” I was consumed with “things” and “Thanksgiving” was the farthest thing from my mind. If I’m being completely honest, figuring out “Thanksgiving Plans” is another item on the to do list!

I think that’s exactly the opposite posture God wants to have as we approach this season of Thanksgiving. That previous paragraph paints a grim picture based on myself and all the things pulling at my attention. There isn’t an ounce of Thanksgiving in it because there isn’t an ounce of God in it . . .

God is so good! His grace sustains us. His love supports us throughout the generations. God is ALWAYS THERE. But are we too busy to see it??

Our scripture reminds us that we need to “Give thanks.” We need to “tell” our story. We need to recognize God’s work in our lives and say “Thank You!” Thank you God for your presence. Thank you God for the people in my life. Thank you God for the opportunity to live.

By saying thank you and telling our story, I believe we can recapture a “Spirit of Thanksgiving.” And that is something we all need to see this November. So let’s give thanks! Thank You God for the past, for the present, and for the future!

In Christ,
Pastor Thomas