Your Pastor’s Heart for November 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters.

As we begin November, I want to share my thanks for all the ways you have supported me and my family. Your love and compassion are truly ways of living out God’s love shown through Jesus.

I want to share with you Psalm 100 A psalm of thanks. Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Serve the Lord with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy! 3 Know that the Lord is God—he made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanks; enter his courtyards with praise! Thank him! Bless his name! 5 Because the Lord is good, his loyal love lasts forever; his faithfulness lasts generation after generation.

As we zoom ahead into the holiday season! Isn’t it amazing how time seems to get faster and faster? I have a brain theory on that: that as we get older, each year becomes a smaller and smaller percentage of our stored memory, making it seem faster and faster. Regardless of the accuracy of my theory, we are here – already – heading toward cooler weather and holidays. As our year marches on whether we want it to or not, it is easy for us to feel like we are out of control. It is easy for us to become overwhelmed with all that happens and lose the ability to enjoy the journey on the way. This is especially evident in these uncertain times due to Covid and all the accompanying uncertainty.  For some of us this may be one of those years we just don’t feel like celebrating much or just wonder where the time has gone.

At times such as this, I think it is helpful to refocus. Psalm 100 offers a clear perspective on moving forward in this liminal time. It is the Lord, and the Lord only, that is worthy of focus and therefore praise. If we keep our focus on God, then the distractions of our lives hold less power over us. This perspective allows us to appreciate and celebrate the wonder and glory of the Almighty more fully. This time is full of opportunities to celebrate God, the Father, family and the life we have been given. May our hearts be full of the love of God’s son. May our spirits be calm and aligned with the Holy Spirit. May we, as God’s people, share all of this with the world around us as THE REASON for our celebration amid trial. May we be a beacon of hope and encouragement to the community. “We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture…Thank him! Bless his name!”

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Ron