The Grapevine (thoughts, prayers, meditations, etc. for the month)

Thoughts, prayers, meditations, etc. for the month

THE GRAPEVINE

 

NOVEMBER, 2017

Jim’s Jots

   The other night at Bandy’s Pumpkin Patch I quoted in a devotional the scripture from Psalm 100:3-4 which says, "So then as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." We also had gathered to have some great food and perhaps I should have quoted Deuteronomy 8:10-12 which says 10 ...After you eat and are full, give praise to the LORD your God for the good land he gave you. 11 Make sure that you never forget the LORD or disobey his laws and teachings that I am giving you today. If you always obey them, 12 you will have plenty to eat, and you will build good houses to live in. (CEV)

   The point is simple. We have great cause for thanksgiving in our Church and society. We have great plenty in food, clothing, and shelter. In fact we are blessed beyond measure by the Lord, Jehovah God. We have been blessed with great wealth compared to the rest of the world. In other words, we have great cause for thanksgiving this month.

   Charles Allen, in "Lessons from the Lepers," says, “I've seen a picture of the pilgrims at the first American Thanksgiving. Do you know half of their number died the first year they were here? They had a hard time, and it was a cold winter. Dangers lurked everywhere, but those pilgrims didn't think of the death of their loved ones and the dangers and the cold weather. They didn't let that obscure the blessings of God. They went together, and they thanked the Lord for the blessings they had received.”

   Sometimes we need to put down our assets alongside our losses. Everyone of us is more blessed than we are hurt.

Pastor Jim

                                       

 

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