From the Pastor's Pen

Grace, mercy, and peace are yours from God our Father and the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Well here we are in November once again. Seems time passes ever so quickly as one gets older.  So, it’s good to slow things down a little. Time to thank God for all His blessings. We do have a lot to be thankful for, don’t we?  

Most of our blessings we take for granted. I don’t know why that is, must be human nature. Seems we don’t miss things until they are gone. Maybe that’s why it’s good to take a day a year to give thanks to God for His blessings.

I am reminded of the psalmist’s words – “What shall I render to the Lord for all of his benefits to me? I will lift the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people” (Psalm 116:12-14). 

What would the Lord have us give to Him for everything He has given to us?  We find that like the psalmist there is really nothing we can give to the Lord except that which He first gave to us.  “I will lift the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,” suggests that we should salute the Lord with the “toast” of our lives that He has made eternal.  Why not lift high for all to see the promise of eternal life given to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord?  I mean, isn’t that the most valuable possession we have?

Why not pay our vows in the sacrifice of thanking to God?  We have nothing to give nor does God need anything of ours except for our confession of faith in Jesus and our praise for His blood-bought salvation.

Why not pay your vows in the presence of all His people this Thanksgiving and every day thereafter?  Why not do as St. Paul suggests “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11).  Amen.

May the peace of Christ be yours now and always.

In Christ, His servant and yours,

Pastor Alan R. Hilton 

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