Thankful  it's November
Isn’t it interesting how divided our country has become?  Next week there will be political elections, and half the nation may be upset.  Many people are having economic difficulties, and the war in Ukraine goes on and on.  Even during these difficult days, we would do well to have a thankful heart with praise to God.
 Psalm 34:1 “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”
In the seventeenth century, Martin Rinkart served for more than thirty years as a pastor in Saxony, Germany,  There were many years of plagues and wars.  One year he conducted more than 4,000 funerals, including his wife’s, and at times food was so scarce that his family went hungry. Although he could have despaired, his faith in God remained strong and he gave thanks continually.  In fact, he wrote a hymn that is in our hymnal today.  You can find it on page #85 “Now Thank We All Our God.”
Here is a part from his song: “Oh, may this bounteous God, through all our life be near us, with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us, and keep us safe in grace, and guide us when perplexed, and free us from all ills in this world and the next.”
Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
November may be remembered for many changing things, but Christ can be the constant comfort that produces praise in all things.
Pastor Tom