It is that special time of the year again when we stop all that we’re doing (except eating, shopping and watching football!) and extend a grateful “thank you” to our God. I would like to invite everyone who reads this post to take a few moments and jot down all of the special things God does for you on a daily basis, those so-called “little things” that we take for granted. As Christians we should be thankful every day and acknowledge our gracious God. Please make sure that you give pause this Thanksgiving to gather with your family in a special devotion to the One who makes it all possible. Perhaps John Henry Jowett said it best:
“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.”
It is my sincere prayer that this Thanksgiving will be a very special day for you and all of your loved ones.
Sybil and I will have a very special thanks to render to God this year – our little grandson Luca will be arriving on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 (no, I am not clairvoyant, the Doc is going to take him early!). Please pray for our daughter Jessica and this as yet unborn child.
I want to take just a moment to brag on what God is doing in the lives of our teens. If you were in our Sunday, 11-18-12 A.M. service, you could not help but be blessed by the special singing from these great young people. All I can say is please keep up the great work and stay the course by lending your beautiful voices to God. A special “thank you” is also in order for two ladies who have harnessed all of this potential and presented it in such a beautiful way. Thank you Sis. Dominie Bush and Sis. Leslie Molina for all that you do and may God richly bless your efforts.
I have some very sad news to report to the members of SMBC. We have prayed for Cyndi Thornton for months on end that God would heal her. Sis. Cyndi fought a long and galant fight against cancer and faced this giant with confidence and courage. On Monday evening, November 19th, 2012, God did heal her. Sis. Cyndi was ushered gently into a heavenly domain that her Maker had prepared for her. As soon as I find out all of the particulars about the funeral service we will put in out on the prayer chain and also add an update to this post. Please pray for Hank and the rest of the Thornton family and friends during this trying time.
That’s all for now. I would like to thank all of our members for your allegiance to God and our local assembly and extend a personal invitation to everyone reading this post to attend our worship services. I promise you we will make you feel welcome and appreciated.