Hebrews 9:14 – “Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds[b] so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.” – NLT
It is hard to imagine that harvest time is in full swing, October has gone by, and November is upon us. What some say is the most beautiful time of the year, as the leaves change colors, we have hope. As life begins to come to an end we are aware of the promise of new life. In the spring we will celebrate the birth of new things. For now, we will celebrate that some things come to an end.
Jesus was essential to this hope in new life. He was God in human form, He was Emmanuel or God with us. It was imperative for God to become a man, and to bleed and die for the atonement of our sins. In doing so we have hope that in death, new life can begin. In the general end of things, there is a new beginning to something else.
In the month of November we will celebrate the saints that have gone on to this new life before us. We will celebrate their influence and teaching upon our lives and appreciate what they have left with us. We will come to the understanding that life, buildings, and even Jesus have a limited time on the earth. We will worship Jesus as our one true King and we will begin the Advent season.
I hope and pray that your focus during this time is on Jesus. How important it is to remember His birth and, that in becoming flesh, He is the embodiment of “God is with us”. We have become a people who have forgotten the teachings of those who have gone before us. In some of those things we need to examine them and maybe keep forgetting them, but in others we need to stoke the flames of faith again.
As we enter this season of thankfulness, I pray that you will find yourself at peace. I pray that you are at peace with your current place in life, knowing that God will not leave you there forever, good or bad. I pray that you will be grateful with things you have, and the relationships that you have cultivated. I pray that you will find thanksgiving to be life giving.
– Pastor Mike