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Pastor’s Pen: Give Thanks

By November 19, 2017Uncategorized

“… Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name. For the Lord is good and His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100:4b-5

Dear Tabernacle Family,

This past Thursday, our annual All-Church Dinner was held in the Activity Center with approximately 175 from our church family in attendance. It was such a privilege for the Jubilee Ministry to be able to sponsor this event for The Tabernacle family. Thank you for giving us the opportunity. I want to thank all who worked so hard to make it possible. It is our desire that those who attended were able to enlarge their circle of acquaintances and that they will develop further into friendships.

Personal memories of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday in that we don’t get caught up in the whirlwind of shopping for presents and becoming totally exhausted before the day arrives. Some of my fondest and deepest holiday memories are centered around the family Thanksgiving table at my grandparent’s house. Friends or family members, not seen regularly, would appear for dinner. There was always a place at the table and plenty of food. This generation, which seemed so old to me, was forever influenced by their life experiences of the Great Depression and World War II. While not remembering the content of their stories about a world I didn’t know, I was fascinated by the stories they would share.

My grandmother and the other ladies would work their culinary skills to transform the turkey, etc. into a wonderful feast for the family. Then came that very special time as we sat at the table when my grandfather or father would lead the family in thanksgiving to the Lord for His goodness and all that He had bestowed upon us.

Maria and I have now moved into that older generation role, and hope and pray that we are demonstrating to our family similar values and memories as we have received.

Thanksgiving Day.

This week our nation will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day. For many, it will be merely a time of uncontrolled consumption of food and beverage and watching football. For others, holidays can be a lonely season; for those serving in the military away from home or those who have recently lost a member of their family. Look for an opportunity to bless someone who will not have someone to share the day with.

Let us demonstrate to the world around us that this is a time for families to share life experiences; and bless the Lord and give thanksgiving to Him.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Pastor Al Baun