"I thank my God in all my remembrances of you,
always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now."
Philippians 1: 3-4
St. Paul is one of the most "thankful" persons in all of the scripture. He is always giving thanks, expressing his gratitude to God for everyone who has helped him and those who continue in the service of the Church.
We enter the season of Thanksgiving. There may be some who wonder what they have in which to be thankful.
When we look at our current world situation, there have been 225.000 deaths from Covid-19, racial tensions, rampant hatred and greed and the feeling that our sense of security changes drastically from one day to another.
Any yet- when we stop and think about it- we have much for which to thank Almighty God. We have a strong faith, that, yes, may be tested from time to time, but still holds us up each day. We have family and friends who love and support us and whom we love and support.
We have countless opportunities to reach out and up to help others who are in need. Most of us have a place to sleep each night, clothes to wear and food to eat. Even in the midst of a global pandemic - we must count our blessings - one-by-one.
I too, along with St. Paul, thank God for each of you, for your partnership in the gospel and for mutual ministry we all share.
This truly has been a challenging year. However, as we continue to step forth in faith, each and every day, God's blessings will rain down upon the faithful flock of Zion United Church of Christ.
May each and every one of you have a blessed and SAFE Thanksgiving season.
In Peace and Love,
P.S. Thank you to the congregation for the gifts and recognition on Pastoral Appreciation Sunday. I sincerely do appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness of our mutual ministry.