November 2022

Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs
from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving
thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5: 18-20

To My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Once again, I’m given the opportunity to speak with you and share a moment in time together. I’m
sure you have realized by now that I am not a typical pastor. I’m not too fond of long messages,
nor do I like telling you something you already know. I want this message to be a moment where
we can take away a bit of life enrichment.

Paul liked to enrich the lives of the people he wrote. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he writes that he “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything.” I’m sure you’re thinking, “How can we give thanks for everything?” Because everything even includes the bad stuff. Well, let me explain. Every
experience brings with it a message. The message can be as simple as, let’s not do that again or be so extraordinary as not wanting something to end. I have experienced both.

November brings with it the Thanksgiving Holiday. Originally meant to celebrate the blessings of the year and the harvest. As Christians, we, too, can celebrate the gifts of the year, but we can’t forget the harvest. However, the harvest has a different meaning to a Christian than to a non-Christian. Once again, we are faced with a challenge concerning being thankful. Are we still thankful if the harvest is lacking? Are we still thankful if we don’t harvest at all?

Like Paul, we know that even in dark times, we are to be thankful to God. As long as we draw breath, we are to be grateful. Keep going if you feel like you need more in your harvest. Ask God to show you the way. If you need help, we are here and can work together to bring about the Kingdom of God.

Pastor Adam