Thanksgiving message

Dear Antioch Family,

Thanksgiving is already upon us! I know it must be difficult for many to find thankfulness among financial, work, or family difficulties. My heart is troubled with you. Remember, when one in the Antioch family experiences fear, we all share the tears. Let me share David’s words in Psalm 94:1-4 that may give voice to our gratitude: Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him.”

What we can learn from the Psalms is that our thankfulness depends on how we look at our circumstances. Not long ago Terri took a trip to visit family, leaving me to fend for myself. Ok, she left me a fridge full of cooked food, but I had to heat it up! When doing so I saw a turkey in the freezer. I thought “how hard could it be to cook a turkey?”. So being a man, I removed the frozen bird, and turned on the oven. The computer said to cook the bird at 350 for four hours. But, I reasoned, the bird was frozen, so 450 for 5 hours would work perfectly.

After three and a half hours I discovered I had miscalculated. The house was full of smoke and the bird was black. It was about 10 degrees out, and I had to open all the windows. The Chihuahua was shivering and giving me dirty looks. I tell you, it was hard to see anything positive in this experience. But it depends on how you look at it: Terri was gone and didn’t witness the turkey sacrifice, salmonella wasn’t a concern, I didn’t overeat, the Chihuahua didn’t pester me for scraps, the smoke alarm was due for a test anyway, carving the bird provided a good cardiovascular workout, and since I didn’t want to eat the bird, I got to the cherry pie faster! You see, it worked out – and everything that is going wrong in your life is also going to work out. You know why? Because we have a Great Big Wonderful God!

This Thanksgiving, let’s look at things through God’s eyes. He has you safely in His hands and we truly have much to be thankful for.

May God Richly Bless You,

Pastor Randy

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