October 2019 Newsletter Article
October 1, 2019, 7:50 AM

Grace and peace to y’all!

September was full. Wasn’t it? At least, that’s the way it felt for me. But, here’s something I noticed.

It was a full month for me, but it was a month full of gratitude and thankfulness.

Thankfulness that I could spend time with friends and Erin while we ate dinner and saw Hootie and the Blowfish together.

Thankfulness to hear the words and stories once again from Bishop Munib Younan.

Thankfulness that I and so many others could participate at the “Fall” Festivus CrossFit Competition.

Thankfulness to officiate and celebrate another wedding with a beautiful couple.

Thankfulness to celebrate another year in Ashleigh’s life.

Thankfulness to gather at Lutheridge to teach and learn about the Apostle’s Creed.

Thankfulness to begin another year teaching confirmation with Redeemer and four other churches.

Thankfulness to begin coaching 10 excited and energetic kids in soccer for the Newberry Recreation Department.

Yes, it was a full month. And that doesn’t include the meetings, visits, phone calls, preparations, more meetings, brief chats, text messages, and more that typically fill up my days and weeks as pastor at Redeemer.

But, I’ll be honest with you. It’s fulfilling work. It’s life-giving stuff. I enjoy it.

Yes, it is a full month, and October doesn’t look like much of a reprieve. But, seriously. It’s good stuff.

There’s a lot going on at Redeemer. There’s a lot going on in our lives as people and people of faith. Have you ever just stopped, taken a step back and looked at what we get to do for God in our world?

Sure, there are so many ways that we can get distracted and disgruntled, perhaps even apathetic about the way the world operates. But, y’all – we get to do so much good in this world. We get to do so much wonderful ministry and service to God and neighbor.

I know I saw it a lot, but we really get to do so much. It is so wonderful to be thankful for what we get to do.

Remember to give thanks. Remember that we get to do so much with God and our neighbors out of love and thankfulness.

I love y’all, and I mean it. Amen.

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