Pastor’s Message for November

Daniel 7:13, 14 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.  He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

Stories of Thanksgiving Day take us back to Plymouth, Massachusetts. Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe shared their skills in fishing and farming with the Pilgrims. At the end of the harvest, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag shared food during a thanksgiving celebration.

You probably have your own Thanksgiving traditions. They might be different this year with Covid-19 still hanging around, but you can still enjoy them.  Maybe you have a family gathering with a sumptuous feast planned for that day.  Perhaps Black Friday shopping is on your list. It could be a time for you to hit the fields and try to bag the big buck. Possibly it is a day just to watch football games.

Thanksgiving is also known as a time of sharing.  Turkeys are given away. Community meals are served. People volunteer to help. This is good. Christian love helps our neighbor in need.

But we have so much more to share than cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Our King reigns, and he does not limit his kingdom to a certain nation, ethnic group, language, class, or economic status. “All peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him,” Daniel writes.

Bridging the gap between others and us is challenging. We are most comfortable with people similar to ourselves. But how can those from all peoples, nations, and languages worship the King unless we tell them about him?

Share his kingdom. Support mission work in places you cannot go. Reach out to those who are near you with acts of kindness, ready to give the reason for the hope that you have. He shared our humanity and humbled himself to death on a cross so that we may reign with him. Share his kingdom.

 The Thanksgiving holiday is also associated with the harvest of our fields and gardens. But another harvest is still ready and ongoing. As Jesus looked at the crowds and saw that they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd, he said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37). Look at the field of faces that have come to our shores from many nations and languages, and are filtering into our communities. How great the need to share Christ’s kingdom! Think of that as you sing “All the world is God’s own field, fruit unto his praise to yield” (CW 613:2).

Share his kingdom. Share the words and promises of our King. These alone are the food that feeds souls and brings eternal life. These things alone give us hope and comfort in the midst of a global pandemic. These things alone give us the power to go on through a very difficult year. These things alone give us the support that we need now and in eternity.