Pastor’s Blog – Nov. 26th

Dear Family of Christ,
I pray all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving. As I talked about Sunday, in my
sermon, this year is bittersweet since we are not going to see my parents in
Arizona due to the virus. The corona virus has altered the whole year and
our lives in so many ways. I was intrigued by one article I read this past week
about trying to express thanksgiving in only 6 words. Six words challenges
one to get right to the point.
I think this idea was inspired by Ernest Hemmingway who was challenged to
write a short story in only 6 words. What can one say in 6 words? He came up
with this shortest of all stories.
For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.
This story tells a sad tale. It grabs your attention and makes one feel sorrow
thinking about a powerful tragedy. The Thanksgiving 6 word challenge I will
give you is what you are thankful for using only 6 words. Here is what I came
up with for my six word challenge.
Jesus loves, family healthy, church blessed.
I am thankful for all three of these realities. My thoughts here turned to the
familiar: God/Family/Work framework in my own case. The first and the
third of these are constants because they are promised by God. We are
always loved and blessed no matter what the year or the issue. Healthy has
been the biggest variable this year because of the virus. As I visit many in
the hospital over the course of this season the two promises I share is that
you are loved by Jesus and blessed forever in ways far greater than you can
ever imagine.
Those two promises make every day a great opportunity to stop and give
thanks. It is like Paul says in Romans 8:38-39
38 – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor
demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The great tragedy is that many like Hemmingway do not know the love and
blessings of Jesus. Their lives become a tragedy. You could say in six words:
Jesus’ grace, freely given, not accepted
The last part of the red Letter Challenge we read earlier this year in Lent
was to Go, and share the love and grace of Jesus. Consider how you may do
that this Thanksgiving. That is the greatest challenge we are given in 2020
and until we see Jesus face to face.
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave