Heartland Shared Ministries
November 2020 Newsletter
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,….1 Corinthians 1:4 (NRSV)
Since it’s November, the month of the Thanksgiving Holiday, my thoughts contemplate giving thanks. In the midst of such an un-normal 2020, one may have a hard time with giving thanks. In the midst of life in general, the ups and downs, and everywhere in between, it may be hard to give thanks. As I contemplated, I came upon the bible verse of 1 Corinthians 1:4. A bible verse that struck my heart and life at this time.
In the midst of such an un-normal year, I give thanks to God for the grace of God given to you. In the midst of heartache and sorrow, I give thanks to God for the grace of God given to you. In the midst of so many unknowns or of so many things that one does not have control of and/or over, I give thanks to God for the grace of God given to you.
I give thanks to God because that grace has carried you through such tough stuff. I give thanks to God for that grace because it has helped you get through minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. I give thanks to God because that grace has shown forth in your lives; in your laughter, in your tears. A grace that doesn’t depend on our actions or any strength of ours, but is totally a free gift from God to you.
God’s grace abounds no matter what we are going through at any time. God’s grace engulfs us no matter how far away we may seem from God. God’s grace shines forth in the midst of the darkest moments, the darkest days. It is a grace that reminds us of the love God has for us. A love that took on our sin, our pain, our sorrow, our death to the cross and died with all of it. Then, we the darkness thought it had won, grace rose up from the dead to proclaim us victors, righteous, forgiven, loved beyond belief. In the midst of such tough times, in the midst of what may seem as chaos, God’s grace has got us all! God’s grace proclaims us God’s children! God’s grace gives hope!
So, this November and always when the Spirit leads, I will give thanks to my God for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus. A grace that God uses to witness to me and so many others.
With a thank filled heart!
Thanks to everyone who shared gifts of kind words, cards, financial gifts, and all the many other ways you made me feel appreciated during clergy appreciation month this October. Kelly and I are truly blessed being here at the heartland shared ministries. Thank you for making us always feel appreciated and special. Thanks for all you do, continue to let the spirit lead us all as we do what God wants us to do
If you want Pastor Ethan to visit you, please give him a call on his cell phone 1-402-879-5097. In the midst of the Coronavirus, he is cutting back on visitation. If you call him, he would be happy to come to visit just let him know.
In the midst of the social distancing, let’s not forget to keep in touch with one another. A good way is through the phone. Let the Spirit lead and if you get that nudge, give that person a call to check to see how they are doing. We are here for one another.