St. John’s Strong and St. John’s Church Thankful
Thanksgiving Day is only weeks away. So, in thinking about what I am thankful for, I looked at the obvious; my job and my surroundings. Maybe even the material things that are around us on a daily basis. No, these are not the items that have the biggest impact on my heart. I could go on and on with a list that would bore most of you to sleep, so I won’t. I had an event this year that really opened my eyes. For that I am thankful.
With that in mind, I would like to share with you what I am thankful for in 2019. First, I think of a small piece on candy that is put into my hand every Sunday morning with a smile. A strong grip handshake from a cheerful Iowan that never turns down a chance to say “good morning.” A group of friends that meet for breakfast every Sunday and bring their knowledge and stories to the table, literally. A young lady that constantly amazes me with her organization and great secretarial skills. A trio of precious angels that find time to reach out to the congregation and help the pastor when ever asked. A concerned league of ladies that have the power to make every gathering and every mission a successful one. All the little voices and the smiles that are associated with those joyful spirits. A Pastor/shepherd and his blessed wife that literally gave up their lives and finances so I and my lovely wife could find the path to our Savior. He is really a one in a million pastor. Oh yea, I have grown every time I go to a Bible Class! There are people that take the time to help me understand forgiveness, His Love, His Grace and my future. A great bunch of guys that work outside their comfort zone to share in the responsibilities of being the “second string” for the pastor. The list and the number of people goes on and on. I am thankful and pray with a thanksgiving heart that I am part of your family, the St. Johns family.
My eye-opening experience this year was that I was in Minnesota for Easter, not that it was a bad thing, but I missed being at St. John’s Church Fallon, Nevada. My Home, where we worship our savior and follow His ways. Here is where Jesus is present and the Spirit guides us, where we hear the truth in the Word of God.
St. Paul knew how engaged our Lord is in the lives of each believer. He urges us to pause, notice, understand his cause and effect, and make a joyful noise of thanksgiving: “Be joyful always: pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) and then again St Paul writes in (1 Timothy 2:1-6) “that thanksgiving be made for all people, … For there is one God , and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.”
This November let’s not only give thanks to our Father in heaven on the 28th, but take the time every day to remember what Jesus did for us and through him we are made perfect.
Blessings to all