25 October 2015
Dear Friends and Partners,
It is with great joy that we enter this special season of the year when we in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving. It is also the time in which the world celebrates Christmas, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Both of these days have great meaning for us as a family.
Thinking of the time of Thanksgiving, we remember the words of the Psalmist when he said, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4 NKJV). Thanksgiving is to be a part of our daily expression to our God for all that He has done for us. The psalmist also said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:1-2 NKJV).
One of our favorite stories is about a woman who was quoting the Psalm 103:1-2 and she misquoted verse 2 with these words, “And I get all the benefits.” She was both wrong and right. We do get all of the benefits and for that we give Him thanks.
As we approach the time of Christmas, we are also reminded of the prophecy of Isaiah when he wrote, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV). Yes, a Child was born, but He did not remain the Babe of the manger. He became the Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. He also became the one sacrifice for sins forever and He lives making intercession for us.
It is our prayer that, during this blessed time of the year, you will remember all that God has accomplished for you through Jesus Christ, and that you will give Him glory and honor due His name. Without Him you can do nothing, but with Him you can do all things.
Eugene & Sherry