Greetings in joy and thanksgiving! Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love (2 John 1:3). There is a precious Scripture hymn found in Psalms 107. The song begins with this call: O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endures forever. The refrain of the hymn, recorded in verses 8, 15, 21, and 31, is: Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! I am very thankful for our national holiday of thanksgiving, but also want to remind us that thanksgiving is not a seasonal spiritual attitude. Thanksgiving is foundational to right relationship with our Lord. We are to pray and to serve and to give with thanksgiving. In short, our lives are to be lived as a continual offering of thanksgiving unto our God and Savior. There is a sense of pleading in the 107th Psalm. Though we are continually called to be thankful unto God, though the reasons for our thanksgiving are infinite and eternal, we, nevertheless, too often fall short in
thanksgiving. May our Lord grant to us eyes that see His goodness and His wonderful works. May He overwhelm us in thankfulness, in this season and all the year long!
Jackie and I worshiped together with our Traverse City First congregation this past Sunday. Pastor Rick preached a powerful message from the Letter to the Church at Philadelphia (Revelation 3). One theme he emphasized was, “The Lord is in charge of our security!” What a liberating and powerful truth! Truly, If God be for us, who can be against us (Rom. 8:31)!
I will be traveling home today from a regional DS conference at ONU. This travel reminds me that we need to seek God’s mercies for many of our families who will be traveling over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The LORD bless you, and keep you: The LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace (Deuteronomy 6:24-26).
In Our Savior’s Service Together!
Rev. Dan Gilmore