Happy Thanksgiving early! And welcome to Reverend Andy De Jong. Andy will be bringing a message on Sunday from Matthew 13:44-46 titled, The One Thing Worth Everything (The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl).
Give thanks for life and for the gifts of family and friendship. Give thanks for our loving God who provides everything we need for living. Give thanks for breath and health and everything else that comes to mind. Gratitude is a powerful testimony against darkness. So let God’s light shine through you as you gather with others. Give thanks with a grateful heart!
How do you get over a tryptophan ‘hangover’? GIVE THANKS! Its a bit ironic that we will be having a Thanksgiving celebration the Sunday after thanksgiving, yet, that is exactly what we are going to do.
When it comes to ‘Thanks – – giving’, what is your story? Out text for Sunday will come from Psalm 107 and Psalm 136. Over the past two years we have heard the word hesed spoken in different contexts of worship. Hesed is a Hebrew word to describe God’s love. Its very hard to translate into one word in English. Combine love, mercy, kindness, and grace and you have the definition of hesed.
Psalm 107 and 136 recount God’s love for his people. There is special mention of those who ‘have wandered the wastelands hungry and thirsty’, who ‘are in prison of darkness and suffering’, who ‘are suffering because of their sin’, who ‘are blown and tossed about by the wind and waves,’ who ‘experience plenty and abundance and then the bottom drops out in famine, drought, and sickness.’ In each circumstance God calls on his people to give thanks. “Give thanks to the God of heaven.”
Sunday, November 25th, we are going to give thanks together as a community for the stories that God has given us. As you read Psalm 107 and 136, reflect on how God’s hesedintersects with your story. Maybe you will be led to share something about this in worship Sunday as a witness of and testimony to the great love of God at work in your life.
See you Sunday and before then, have a blessed Thanksgiving!