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“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – ESV

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                                         The Simple Things…   

appy November to you!  As we prepare to enter into another “holiday season,” we do so with our national Day of Thanksgiving.  As you may know, this day was originally set aside to thank God for His bountiful goodness to us and our nation.  While for many it is not a religious holiday, it certainly is for us as God’s people.

         Years ago I enjoyed reading a series of novels centered on the life and times of an Episcopal Priest in the fictional town of Mitford.  One of the lines in one of the books that found a place in my heart is when Father Tim was struck by, “the profound holiness of simple things.”

         I want to encourage you to be struck by—and of course thankful to God for—the simple things in your life.  I don’t know what the “simple things” are for you.  Perhaps it’s the food, family, fellowship, and football headed our way the fourth Thursday of this month.  Maybe it’s the love of your spouse, child(ren), family.  I continue to thank God for this Cross family—and the love, support, and friendship that so characterizes being the body of Christ in this place:  One in Christ, One in Ministry, and One in Mission.  Whatever it is—and with all that it is—I urge you to pause to ponder “the profound holiness of simple things.”

         This is a good lesson for us, taught in the Bible passage above.  So often, as we think about God’s blessings for which we give thanks, we try to enumerate major things.  That, of course, is all well and good.  But as we realize more and more that God is the Giver of our forgiveness, life and salvation in Jesus Christ—He also continues to bless us with the simplest things:  flowers, sunrises and sunsets, a hug, a smile, and so on.  These are among the daily bread kinds of things Luther teaches us about in his explanation of the Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer.  Namely, “everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body…”

         My prayer for you this Thanksgiving (and always!) is that you’ll continue to be thankful to God “in all circumstances.”  And even—perhaps especially—for the profound, holy, simple things in your life.

         Oh, I encourage you to take a trip to Mitford, as well as other fictional favorites of mine:  Narnia and Middle Earth.  Ask me about those, if you’d like to know more!

         Sharon & I wish you and yours a Happy, Holy, Simple Thanksgiving!  Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Worship Service on Wednesday, November 27, at 7:00 p.m.

         See you in church!  In the name of Jesus, Who makes us one in Christ—one in Ministry—one in Mission,

         Pastor Don Fraker

Commending of Self Prayer

Blessed Lord Christ, I commend myself to Your direction and care today.  May I speak with Your tongue, work with Your hands, walk with Your feet, feel with Your heart, think with Your thoughts and breathe with Your Spirit.  Amen.

(by John Baillie – 1886-1960)


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