November 26, 2020
The December 4 Concert “Gather ’Round” Will be Livestreamed Only – Due to the escalation of positive COVID cases in our area we have decided to make the Friday, December 4 concert a livestreamed-only event. While this is a disappointment to many of us we believe it is the wisest thing to do at this time. So gather your family and enjoy the concert with Brothers McClurg and several special guests. The concert begins at 7pm.
A Thanksgiving Top Ten Thought
Sometimes it’s difficult to be thankful. Most of the time I feel thankful, but sometimes it’s hard. Hard to feelthankful. Because I know I have a lot to be thankful about. And I am thankful for a lot. It’s just that sometimes my emotions are not in synch with what I know to be true. Does that make sense to you? I believe that there are many people who, this week, know that they have much to be thankful about, but still feel more disappointed than grateful, or more sad than thankful.
It’s been a difficult year and the contrast between what we’d like our holidays to be like and what they are going to be like is as strong this year as ever. There are family members we won’t see, this year. People whom we love are sick, some are in the hospital. There’s been too much rancor in the world around us. Too much anxiety.
I don’t mean to bring you down! Not at all. What I want to say is whether or not you feel thankful, consider what you know you are thankful for. And if it’s hard to be thankful, be hopeful instead. Hopeful that things are going to change, because they will. Hopeful that God will get us through this, because He will. Hopeful that we are going to grow stronger in our faith and in our trust of God and we will learn some good things from all of this. Because we can and we will.
Feelings are present–moment realities. “This is how I am feeling, right now.” Feelings can change in an instant too. In some ways our feelings are fickle – they regularly change. But hope is an optimistic confidence in what is coming. It’s not just “wishful thinking – not for us who know that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. It’s confidence in what God can and has promised to do. And it’s not a feeling as much as an attitude of assurance that things are going to get better because there is a God who loves us and wants to bless us and no matter how things look/are right now, ultimately it’s going to be okay because God is God! So I pray that God will increase your hope. Be hopeful! And have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Hebrews 12:28 – Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.