Opichen Getsemani ChurchThis is a tough column to write this month.  Tomorrow morning fourteen members of FPC (and one friend from Houston, Texas we haven’t met yet) will be flying to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for our third Living Waters for the World mission trip.  I’d love for this column to be about how wonderful it was, but it hasn’t happened yet.  Anticipation is high, knowing from experience what it means to help in providing a community with clean, safe water – something every one of us has the privilege of taking for granted.

Can you imagine the anticipation and joy of the members of Getsemani Presbyterian Church in Opichen?  I doubt any of us really can.  Just know that these partners in mission have been praying and preparing for what we will join them in accomplishing for their entire community.

I hope you can feel the joy of knowing our entire church – through prayer and financial support – will be a part of Christ’s plan for His body, the church.  Prayer and preparation, teamwork in ministry beyond our own walls, achieving what we can only do together, yet only when our focus is on serving Jesus by loving God and loving others.

This month of Thanksgiving will truly be one of thoughtful prayer for me.  I can tell you before I go that I will come home every bit as blessed as anyone we serve in Mexico.  To truly be thankful comes with the understanding that we have been given so much by God, in part with the knowledge that we are to become blessings of God in the lives of others.  Do we have to go to Opichen to make that happen?  No.  I’m fortunate to have a family, a loving church, a wonderful community and nation.  The question has nothing to do with where we serve Christ, because the answer always should be wherever we are, He calls us to share our joy, our faith, our resources, our encouragement, and our gospel – the good news of God’s love and grace.  As I thoughtfully pray a prayer of thanksgiving this year, you are there on my list.  Hopefully, I will remember the gifts of God in my life and share them always, not in selected circumstances, but in every situation of life God allows me to be in.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving and take some time to figure why you are so blessed by God.

See you in church,

RevLon.

“But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8