Thankful: For You!
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
These words are from Paul to the faithful believers in the town of Philippi. You can read them in the book of Philippians where they serve as the opening greeting in Paul’s letter to the Church. These words may also sound familiar to you because we use them as a blessing over the newly baptized. In the newly baptized, God has begun a great work that He promises to continue each and every day until it is ultimately completed on the Last Day, when Christ returns.
As God’s chosen people we still find ourselves in the in-between. We are made perfect and whole in our baptism now, today, and yet we live in a world and dwell in a flesh that isn’t quite eager to comply with the new reality. The old is gone, the new has come, but the realities of the old Adam still work against our born-again Spirit.
For this I say Thank You! Thank you to each and every one of you who battle with me and all the saints to allow the light of Christ to shine through. Thank you for shining that light through your forgiveness when I fail. Thank you for shining that light through your prayers for support. Thank you for shining that light as we work, serve, play and love our community and each other together, as a family of faith in this place.
There are no words to describe this unity of faith and Spirit except church. We are the Church, the body of Christ working together. We receive God’s blessings and those blessing overflow to one another. We support each other in times of trial, pick one another up when we fall and celebrate life’s triumphs together. All this while storming the gates of Hell and overcoming the lies and deception of the evil one.
Wow, my family and I are blessed to be a part of this community of believers. I pray God’s blessings for each of you this Thanksgiving. May you find peace in His promise to continue that good work within you until that Last Day!
Scripture Readings for Sunday, November 27
Genesis 12:1-8, Romans 4:1-8, Luke 1:39-56