We want to take this opportunity to give thanks to the Lord for what He has done through each of you in supplying the needed support to provide this ministry of setting people free in Christ.
Thanksgiving is a major part of the Christian’s life. If we keep praising the Lord, we cannot have bad feelings toward people.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God and the peace of God, which passes all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7) .
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psa. 34:1).
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord” (Psa. 92:1).
Thanksgiving is known to be very beneficial, not only to the one being thanked, but for the one giving thanks.
It is connected to a compassionate heart. It represents a very positive outlook in life, enabling one to view things properly, and more ready to receive benefits, especially from the Lord.
Billy Graham said, “When we sit around our tables laden with sumptuous delicacies, let us not forget that half the world will go to bed hungry. As we enjoy the comforts of our cozy home, let us not forget that great numbers in the world have no home to go to” (This is especially true for thousands recently). We need to pray for those whose lives have been extremely affected.
Someone said, “We will eventually lose everything for which we are not thankful.” None of us need more blessings as much as we need to appreciate the sweetness of the blessings we already have.” Contentment is wanting what we have, rather than coveting what we think we want.
A thanksgiving prayer from President George Washington is as follows: “Dear Lord: thank you for the wonderful gift You have poured out on our nation. In the name of Jesus, who died for our sins, forgive us and forgive our nation for enjoying Your gifts while trying to live without You. Amen.”
Please pray for us, for we are really desirous to help hurting people, many who are driving distances, coming to us for help. I think of the bride whose groom was drowned just before the wedding would take place. This is a verse of a song she wrote, “Give me a calm, a thankful heart, from every murmur free; the blessings of Thy grace impart, and make me live for Thee.” This takes dedication, love and grace.
We wish you a most blessed Thanksgiving season. We are very thankful for how you have supported us, enabling us to continue leading people to freedom in Christ. We thank the Lord because it is He who really does it all. Thanks be to the Lord! We want to continue to depend upon the Lord to express our love to each of you and those being helped.
Together for His glory,
Paul and Joyce