From the Pastor’s desk...
Isaiah 63:7 “ I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord because of all that the Lord has done for us... the favor that he has shown us (them) according to his mercy according to the abundance of his steadfast love.”
Dear friends in Christ,
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, let me continue our 500 years of Reformation and paraphrase Martin Luther on thanksgiving.
“Isaiah sings a song and gathers his praises into a poem.” writes Luther. “ He is not speaking of only one benefit. He invites us to remember and embrace them all. This will take some time. Thankfulness is God’s gift and accomplished with the help of God’s Holy Spirit.
Reason does not sing a song of thankfulness. For it sees the terrors and problems of the world and then it murmurs and complains. Reason asks “why?” It lists only the bad things not the good. It sees the world as ungodly.
To give thanks is the work of the Holy Spirit who alone helps us to understand the mercies of God. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes and helps us to see the benefits that God provides...It is the wise person who joins in praise and thanks to God.” *
May we include in our song of thanks God’s gifts of food and family, friends and co workers who share this journey, our homes and daily work and all that we need from day to day, most of all the gifts of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.
I have spoken extensively of our need to count God’s blessings rather than life’s annoyances as a way of living every day and finding joy and peace as we place our faith in God.
Now as we step aside from our work to thank God for his many blessings and to gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving day, may you join Isaiah and those you love and sing a song of thanks and praise to God!
In His love,