Thank You God

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It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend, and looking back, we have much to give thanks for. Early in the spring we prayed for crops and industry when blossoms were still blooming and buds just bursting. Seeds were planted in good faith. Pools were opened, canoes lowered, trailers pulled out and tents set up, over hundreds and thousands of kilometers, vacations exploring all of creation. Traveling mercies were asked for and answered. Family outings rekindled relationships, friendships reunited, and festivities celebrated. There were baptisms and weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, burials and celebrations of life, that marked our summer calendars. While we were engaged in our summer business, corn continued to grow, soybeans continued to mature, grapes continued to develop, apples continued to increase in size. I’m mindful of a teaching that the Apostle Paul once raised, in sharing of the gospel; “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” 1 Cor. 3:6,7. On this Thanksgiving, there are so many things for us to gather around the table and give thanks for, including family and friends, good food and fellowship, holidays and summer fun. We picked up apples in Fenwick this past week and we were told it was a good year for apples and a great year for peaches. I walked through a vineyard to take some photos of clustered dark grapes hanging below the foliage with the sun illuminating the abundance. There were dozens and hundreds and thousands and millions of grapes waiting to be harvested. We can be grateful for the great harvest, but in coming together, we are invited to express our gratitude to our God, for making it grow. It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow.. This Thanksgiving, to God be all the Glory!                                                             

Pastor Sid

 

Karin Terpstra