I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace … (Philippians 1:4-7a)
Even though we have just finished celebrating Thanksgiving, gathering with family and friends, worshiping together on Thanksgiving Eve, and filling our Thanksgiving tree to overflowing with some of the blessings we have received, I still have many thanks to give for each of you. While I was out for an appendectomy and recovery, I give thanks for this particular community. For those who picked up with worship leadership at the last minute, for those who rearranged schedules and church events, for those who prepared and shared food, for those who send cards, for those who kept a watchful eye as I started back to work, and for all who prayed over the past few weeks – THANK YOU! You all are certainly counted among my blessings.
But, our collective thanks continue as we move into Advent and Christmas. We give thanks for the ones who pointed and paved the way for the One who gives us hope, joy, and peace. We give thanks for the One who gives us families and communities to remind us of the Love that unites us together. We give thanks for the baby born in a manger, showing us power in vulnerability and grace in unexpected places. Thanks be to God!
Peace & Blessings,