We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:3, NASB)
“Happy Thanksgiving” – those words probably seem out of place for most of us in this year of pandemic, isolation, and political and social upheaval. Some of you reading this have experienced significant struggles and even losses that make it hard to feel thankful. I have to admit that on many days, the last thing my emotions want to do is give thanks.
Yet when I choose to look for them, I’m able to see good gifts from God. I have a roof over my head and food on my table. I have technology that enables me to hear and even see family, friends, and coworkers when it doesn’t feel safe to visit them in person. I have good health, even though I was sick in March with what an antibody test confirmed was COVID-19. I have God’s word and the ability to read it, listen to it, study it, meditate on it, and hear Him speak to me through it.
And I have you. Whether you’ve given finances or prayers or both, God has used you to make my ministry possible. You have helped me train Cru missionaries in communication skills and Bible study skills. You are helping me develop new tools to reach students who need to know Jesus and grow closer to Him. In a very real way, your partnership helps me equip messengers for God’s mission.
So this Thanksgiving I thank God for His gifts, including you. And I thank you for your partnership in serving Him.