Pastor's Newsletter Article November 2019

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.



Greetings Little Cedar and Marshall Lutheran Churches,


November is of course the month of Thanksgiving. The month to give thanks!! I have a spent a lot of time considering what is means to give thanks to God. Of what is means to live with a thankful heart! A thankful heart that goes beyond a holiday and grows into an everyday gratitude!


Truly living a life of gratitude is not an easy task. Living a life of gratitude, however, isn’t a complicated task, but is as simple as making a conscience choice everyday.


Part of the tradition in the church is to give thanks in November for those who have passed before us. November is chosen as the time to do this on purpose. November marks the end of harvest and when creation is entering into a time of dormancy and rest. The nights are getting longer, and the days gloomier. It is a time of thanksgiving but also a time in which we are reminded of the frailty of life.


This year I am pondering the saints that have gone before us. People that have showed me what it means to live a faithful life as a child of God. I would encourage you to do the same. Consciously name people in your life that have made a difference to you in your faith journey. Let us give thanks to God! Who is gracious, merciful, and abounding in steadfast love!


In Christ,

Pr. Jeremy

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