It is hard to believe that November is already upon us. As the year comes to an end and we prepare to celebrate the wonderful season of Thanksgiving and then Christmas, it causes me to reflect on the incredible progression that takes place when pain gives way through progress to bring promise!
In the last few weeks we have been blessed to witness the miracle of life in the arrival of Eleana Gorman to Keith and Nicole Gorman and Sophia Porterfield to Charlie and Crystal Porterfield. Their births are the culmination of much preparation, necessary pain, and ultimately the beautiful fulfillment of promise. I never cease to be amazed at the process of how such difficulty, can ultimately bring such beauty and joy.
Even as we celebrate Thanksgiving it is a time to remember the trials and hardships of our earliest American pioneers who came to a new land to be able to worship as they pleased. It was a difficult and deadly journey and the life they came to know in this new land was inhospitable and cost many of them their lives. And yet, in the midst of the pain and the hopelessness that must have been there, the light of hope and the promise of a better tomorrow caused them to be able to gather together, and share in that first Thanksgiving feast. Yes, America went through the trials and pains of the birthing process to bring forth new life and freedom to all.
Our church has been going through the pains of progression and change as well. We have experienced the difficulty of saying goodbye to some of the wonderful saints who faithfully served here for so long. We have experienced the pains of adapting and changing our ways of thinking and serving in order to present the never changing but life giving Gospel message to a new but equally deserving generation! Yes it has been difficult, but through it all I am reminded of the promises of God! There is a season for all things! He has not forgotten His promises!
As you begin to plan for this season of Thanksgiving I want you to remember the promises of God. Remember the joy of our salvation that comes through the sacrificial life of Jesus and the resurrection promise that was fulfilled! Remember that God has blessed Life Tabernacle with New Life, new families, new babies, new vision, and a new hope for tomorrow and lets give thanks with a grateful heart!
I dearly love and appreciate each of you and I am honored to serve as your Pastor. I believe that our best days are yet to come and that we are going to see supernatural things!
In His Service,