A Letter From Pastor Ezekiel
By Presidential Proclamation, this Thursday is traditionally a day of national Thanksgiving. Therefore, I think we ought to thank God for the right reasons.
Folks, if you were to draw up a Thanksgiving list of things for which you are thankful, what would you put on the list? I know some of the things that I would list.
- First all, I thank God that I am a Christian.
- I am thankful to the members of the Lenexa UMC for “pounding” my family in August at Pounding the Pastor. We still have not finished all the things you provided us. May the Lord bless you more than you can imagine!
- I’m thankful for the blessing of living in the United States of America. I’ve lived in other lands and visited many other countries, and I’m so thankful for this country in which I live. Some of you who have traveled out of this country know what I am talking about. Some of you might be thankful that you live in Kansas, rather than the east coast, the west coast, or Florida, where there are hurricanes.
- I’m thankful for physical blessings. What about you?
Perhaps you feel like there is nothing really you can thank God for due to what happened this year. But look, the difference between God’s people and all the rest is that God’s people do not suffer alone. God is with them. For King David says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
We are not the only ones struggling and not the only ones hurting. The people who never step into the church are hurting, too. The people who never lift a voice to give thanks to God are hurting, too. The greatest difference is that when we hurt, God is there to help us through those difficult moments of life. Exodus 2:24 says, “God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. “You and I can easily forget names that we were told just a few minutes ago, but the God of the universe, who has billions of people to be concerned about, never forgets. He heard the groaning of Israel and He remembered the covenant that He made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Some of my greatest moments with God have been the times I have hurt the most, when I felt the most empty, when I’ve cried from the depths of my soul, and only to find that He was there, always faithful, and always keeping His promise.
Therefore, because God is with us even when we do not emotionally feel his presence, we should give him thanks in all circumstances. The Bible says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). Whom are you thankful for? And for what reason?
I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!