Pastors Letter: November
Scriptures to Ponder for Thanksgiving and Year Round
Someone said the newsletter is so late why send it out. I felt because of what so many of us have been through we needed to take a deep breath and give thanks to God for so much.
Thanksgiving is a special time to prime the heart for remembering all the ways God is so good. Because of so much happening at this time, especially this year it would be easy to let November slip away and move beyond the season of thanks. I want to offer you 10 verses that can help us prepare our hearts for Thanksgiving, but also carry us through the year by reminding us to give thanks even in the off season.
Take a few minutes and read the following scriptures and allow God to speak to you and perhaps refocus and strengthen your heart.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every m
orning: great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:18
“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Hebrews 13:15
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! I Chronicles 16:8
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” I Chronicles 16:34
The love of God is the foundation of all thanksgiving. It leads a sinner’s heart to repent. It gives a lost soul a reason to live. It encourages a broken spirit to move beyond the pain and find the promises of God. No matter what season of life we find ourselves in this year, there is much to be thankful for. Let these words of scripture become God’s word to you and remind your heart of the hope we hold. And give thanks, for the Lord truly is so, so good.
Have a blessed time of Thanksgiving the whole year round.
Altar A. Ego
In All Circumstances? You Have to Be Kidding!
In one of the scriptures shared in the lead article we read the apostle Paul’s words: Give thanks in all circumstances.” Sounds great, doesn’t it? But how can that be? Give thanks in ALL circumstances!? Surely Paul didn’t mean that. What about War? What about death? What about Covid? What about the election outcome? What about cancer or car accidents or rape? Are we to be thankful for these kinds of things?
Yes, Paul said to give thanks in all circumstances. There is always something for which we can be thankful. Even on the darkest days there are blessings to be remembered. One of these is the continuing strength God gives us to persevere, even in the most desperate of situations. With that is mind, we can give thanks in all circumstances. If God is there with us, ready to help us triumph despite our circumstances, that is a great reason to feel thankful.
Yours, counting his blessings,
Altar A. Ego