The autumn season is in full swing and I have seen numerous reminders on the internet and Facebook of what is coming up. To start with there have been pictures reminding us that snow is on the way. Also, when you receive this, Halloween will be over for another year. But at the time of this writing there is 1 more Friday before Halloween, 4 more Fridays before Thanksgiving, 9 more Fridays before Christmas and 10 more Fridays before New Year’s Day. It seems that each year people tend to rush faster and faster to the holidays. <!–split–>
But let’s take a pause to reflect on what happens in the month of November. There are numerous events/holidays to celebrate. The first is November 1st – All Saints Day. We have a day to celebrate those who are no longer with us, but have been an instrument to shape and mold us into who we are today. This will include parents, grandparents, spouses, children, aunts and uncles, other family members; maybe a boss or even a Sunday school teacher or pastor.
Next is November 11th – Veteran’s Day. We have the opportunity to celebrate and to remember those who fought for our freedoms that we enjoy every day as an American. There have been many wars fought, many lives taken, many were injured, and many are still fighting. If you haven’t done so lately, thank a veteran for their service and your freedom.
Finally November 24th is Thanksgiving Day. This is not a day to solely feed our faces or to watch football all day on TV, or even to kick off the Christmas season; but instead is a day to give thanks for the bounty that God has supplied. We give thanks for such things as family, friends, church, careers and jobs, recreational activities, farmers and the food (meat and grain) they grow so that we will have food on our tables. But most of all we thank God that He loves us so much He sent Jesus to save and redeem us and all we have to do is believe and we will have eternal life. Almost sounds too easy doesn’t it?
Take a moment to reflect on what God has blessed you with during your lifetime and consider where you would be without God in your life.
See you Sunday if not before, Pastor Tim