Thanksgiving greetings to all of you reading this newsletter! As I write this we are only three days away from that holiday. I know it can be really easy to get caught up in the excitement of spending the day with family or friends, eating tons of delicious food, watching football, napping, visiting, eating the leftover turkey as sandwiches for supper and then heading home to recuperate! With all we cram into that day, sometimes it’s easy to overlook doing what this day is all about, and that is to give thanks: Thanks to God for all He has done for us, for all that He has provided us and for each blessing we’ve received throughout the year.
Now I know giving thanks can be easy or hard depending on what’s going on in our lives. If things are tough, it’s often hard to give God our thanks. When things are going well, sometimes we forget to thank God. We would do well to keep the following verse in mind this Thanksgiving. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” No matter how our lives are going, God deserves our thanks and praise.
Also, I’m sure there will be a lot of teasing and joking around when we are around a big crowd of family or friends, and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as we don’t get carried away with something that doesn’t honor our Lord. We all need to remember Ephesians 5:4, which says, “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or course joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” We all need to remember to represent our Lord in a manner that glorifies Him while we’re having fun.
Cheryl and I can give thanks to God for a wonderful summer road trip. Not only have we sung in nine different states since the first of April, we also were blessed to sing in Canada for the very first time at a camp near Niagara Falls.
Neither of us had ever seen the falls before, so we were able to drive over and see them from the Canadian side on the Sunday after our Saturday night concert. As so many of the wonders of this world do, the falls point to an amazing and awesome Creator Who has provided so much beauty for us to enjoy!
We are also thankful that we were able to sing at many new venues this year. It’s always exciting for us to meet new people, make new friends and take the message of Christ to a new area.
We will tell you about all this in a little more detail in our end of the year recap early in 2020, but we just wanted to touch base and let you know we haven’t forgotten about you who receive this newsletter. We’re thankful that you have an interest in our ministry. Your faithfulness in reading it always amazes me.
I have had good intentions from the start to write more short newsletters more often, but life just seems to interrupt those plans more often than not. I wanted to write a letter as soon as we got home in October, but we needed to get all of our soffit and facia boards on our house replaced, as well as a lot of painting done, before the winter hit. Doing the work ourselves has been time consuming, and we’ve already been delayed by snow a couple of times! Cheryl has been busy with lots of painting and reupholstering some cushions in our camper.
I will try and get a Christmas newsletter written in December before our 2019 recap newsletter early next year. I’m not sure where this year went, but the new one will be here soon. Until then, it’s our prayer that you have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving while remembering all of our blessings come from God, while our biggest one is…..
Because of Christ,
Dennis and Cheryl/Ambassadors of Grace