Dear Church Family and Friends:
Are you ready for November? Guess what, it is here and we can do nothing about it! But I like November because it is the month that we are reminded of our country’s start and of the remarkable miracles of God. The Pilgrims settled in at Plymouth Rock and received valuable instruction from a Native American named Squanto about how to grow corn, hunt, fish, and select food from the natural vegetation. The Pilgrims made it through to their first harvest and decided to have a feast to commemorate the achievement. They invited their Native American friends because they were thankful for the help that had been given to them and wanted to show the new-found allies. This was the first time that the settlers and the Native Americans worked together successfully and it called for a celebration.
Psalm 95:2 says we are to come before God’s presence with thanksgiving. Psalm 100:4 says we are to enter His gates with thanksgiving. In addition to these, Phillippians 4:6 informs us that we are to seek God with prayers, supplication, and thanksgiving.
I love this time of year because it makes me consider all the ways that I am thankful to God for His help with my life. I cannot even begin to thank God for everything that He has done for me and I hope that you feel the same way. God is so majestic and powerful that we cannot ever make ourselves understand how He works. We can only come in to His presence with thanksgiving, enter His gates with thanksgiving, and see him with prayers, supplications, and thanksgiving. He wants us to do this and then we can reach out to others and bring them to church.
Thanks be to God for IMBC and thanks be to God for His awesome power and saving grace in the plight of the storm.
Praying Always, with All the Love in my Heart,