Dear First Pres,
Hear this exhortation from the Psalmist: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations (Psalm 100:4-5). This week many of you will be gathering with family and friends for a wonderful meal full of cheer and celebration. But for some of you, this week will bring stress and tears and grief for a variety of reasons. If you're in the first category, you're at risk of forgetting the source of that joy and celebration. If you're in the second category, you're at risk of forgetting the One who loves you and wants you to experience His peace. That's why Psalm 100 is an exhortation for each of us, no matter what our current situation might be. The Psalm reminds us that no matter what we are facing in our lives this week or month or year, the Lord is good and his love endures forever. This is such good news, Beloved. The Lord is good; the Lord is faithful; the Lord's love endures for eternity.
I encourage you to spend some time this week intentionally entering in the Lord's presence with thanksgiving. Write down specific things that the Lord has done for you and give Him thanks. Read Revelation 21:1-22:5 and thank the Lord for the incredible future He has promised every believer. Make a list of the attributes of God as described in Scripture and thank Him for who He is. Be intentional this week, whether it's a week of celebration or grief (or a little of both) to "enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise."
Many blessings to you, and happy Thanksgiving.
P.S. Don't forget that we worship on Sunday at our regular times. We have one more sermon in the Biblical Vision series before we launch into Advent. See ya then.