As Pastor I am so grateful and indeed thankful for all of His blessings and beyond my wife and girls I have no greater blessing than His call on my life to minister His Word and have done so now for nearly 15 years. An incredible journey to say the least, but one that has left me with a life time of memories.
Today I just want to take a moment to say that I truly hope that each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. As we all may still be full and maybe suffering from too much turkey and pie, may we reflect for a moment of the blessings of the Lord. Each day that we are given is a blessing.
Some may argue that and say that each day is not always good. Indeed that is true, but blessings come in both the good and the bad. Those things we enjoy are fun blessings, those things we do not enjoy indeed may be times of learning. It is not that everything is always easy, but having the ability to find good in all things is very important especially in this world. It seems that negativity is the rule of the day. Merely watching a few minutes of the news makes that a very true statement. However, in the life of a believer we always have hope if we have anchored our hope in Christ. I read a devotional recently that spoke about anchors and their design. The boat anchor was one of the original symbols of early Christians. The inscriptions found on early grave would often be that of an anchor and this symbol would represent the hope that this person has in Christ. The top portion of that anchor indeed having a strong appearance of the Cross.
Anchoring in a boat simply means to find a spot and place an item of great weight there to keep you in place. What a great analogy of Christ. When we place our life in Him then indeed we need to drop the anchor right there and absorb every possible thing that we can. It is an ever learning place. It is a place of transition because we should be ever growing.
As we look at being thankful I would hope that each of us have many things to be thankful for. Of course we have our families, although sometimes that does not always seem like a blessings, we have a home, a car, food on the table, and the list could go on and on, but beyond it all we have our salvation. There is no greater part of life, there is no greater possession that we can have than our salvation. The Lord truly gave it all so that we could have it.
We are quickly entering into a time of exchanging gifts and lights and celebrations. The world as a whole sees this times of year as joyous and a time to sing and decorate and just enjoy the festivities. For many it is a depressive time of year because they feel all alone and feel that they have nothing to celebrate.
As great as all the decorations and trees and light and gifts, as great as all those things are there is nothing that can compare to the gift that God gave this lost and dying world. The gift of Jesus, the gift of a Savior, One who can and indeed will answer all of your problems, He was given to each of us as a gift from God.
I think we get so caught up in the worldly things that we tend to forget that awesome truth. As church goers we find it easy to talk about this at church and share it with fellow members, but our message must go beyond our walls. This season make sure to wear your faith on your sleeve. Make sure to not be ashamed to say MERRY CHISTMAS. He is the greatest gift of all. He thought enough about us, even as sinners, that HE gave His life so that we could live. It is a Message that just cannot be told too many times. It truly never gets old. So as the great hymn says: “Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word.”
I love this season, it is and always will be my favorite. I truly hope that we can all enjoy it together and through our different outreach opportunities, the live nativity, the parade, and whatever else may come about, that we will reach into the hearts and lives of many and let them see the joy that they can have.
I know it is early, but let me be the first to say Merry Christmas to all of you. It is our second Christmas together and we are thankful and blessed to be here. Thank you for your love and support during our first year together and we are truly looking forward to what the Lord has in store.
Always know I am here if you need me. Have a blessed rest of the week