The scripture tells us to “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever (Psalm 107:1).” We have a lot to be thankful for! I know that we are facing difficult times, but God has been good to us. Notice that the Psalmist did not say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he has made us comfortable.” Neither did he say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he has given us everything we want.” He didn’t even say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he has supplied our needs.” Of course, the Lord does supply our needs; but this verse isn’t just about praising God for what he has done. We should praise God for what he does for us, but we also praise him simply for who he is! God is good. He is worth praising. Just thinking about his goodness will warm your heart and give joy to your soul. God has done great things for us. God is great. God is good. He deserves our thanks.
We will celebrate Thanksgiving this month, and that provides us a wonderful opportunity as a church to focus on the goodness of God towards us. We will reflect on how God has been good to us this year, and we will give thanks both for his acts and his person. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we will have a special evening service where we will celebrate communion in remembrance of some of God’s greatest blessings to us. You won’t want to miss that time of worship as the family of God gathers in thankful remembrance of his goodness.
This is also a good time of year to think about stewardship. When you think about the origins of our Thanksgiving celebration, you might remember stories about how the early American settlers nearly starved before they were provided food by the indigenous peoples of North America. The cornucopia is a common decorative theme. It symbolizes plenty and abundance. But, we all know that resources do not always come in cornucopias! Sometimes there are seasons of dearth. The Native Americans could provide for the settlers because they had learned how to manage the land. They had learned how to take care of the resources at their disposal. That is what stewardship is all about. The truth is, everything we have belongs to God. He has placed it in our care for a short season. The question is: what will we do with it? For the first three weeks of November, we will focus on that question.
The final Sunday of November is the beginning of Advent. Beginning November 27 we will prepare our hearts for the celebration of Christmas. Retailers start early with their celebrations of Christmas because they want to make more money. We begin early because we want to honor the reason for the season.
Let me encourage you to take this month to remember the faithfulness and kindness of God towards us. Let’s focus on his goodness and his mercy. Let’s remember in the midst of all the troubling circumstances in the world around us that God is good! Let’s be thankful and let’s prepare to celebrate his coming! I look forward to worshipping with you!