And just like that, here we are again. Thanksgiving came on us fast didn't it?
While I can find a thousand reasons to be thankful for, I want to take a moment and also acknowledge that we are entering a season that is difficult for many.
Some are facing unexpected circumstances this year compared to last year. There are many trials and setbacks along this journey called life. And it is in those times that it may be difficult to find reasons to be thankful.
To those facing difficulties I want to extend my thoughts and prayers, God has not forgotten you. In fact God promises to be close to the broken hearted. You are not alone, we are all in this together. And God will get you through it.
So let me tell you what I am thankful for.
I am thankful for God's unending love, his grace, his mercy. For reaching down and saving me, and for His Church. He is not distant but close, he is not silent but constantly speaking. I am thankful for you, for being the Church and sticking around despite challenges and even conflict at times. For serving, giving, praying, worshipping with us.
I am thankful for my wife and my children, they make life enjoyable and fun.
Now is your turn, what are you thankful for? Leave a comment (press "view on web browser" if you read this in an email to see comments).
I hope you have an amazing week, and I pray God will strengthen you to get through the hard times for His glory.
Join us for an evening of celebration and fellowship. Dinner will be potluck style so bring your favorite dish to share and let's celebrate Christmas together. Please sign up and let us know you are coming. We can't wait!
The Gathering will provide plates, plastic cutlery, napkins, and ice.
The Gathering Odessa
We will be providing transportation to our Christmas Dinner on Sunday, December the 12th. Our bus will be picking you up at 5:15pm at the Odessa Campus and bring you back when dinner is over.
Please make sure you sign up on the link above for the dinner, and also REGISTER HERE to let us know that you will need transportation.
We can't wait!