I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers… (Ephesians 1:16)
Of all the things I am most thankful for this year, I thank God for my faith family – my local church.
While this year has been burdened with unusual challenges, I have witnessed the grace of God overflowing in the lives of so many who call fbc home.
Members have motivated to serve one another, check on one another, and continue in prayer for one another.
Members have stepped up to serve, learned new technology, put in additional hours, and sought new ways to connect.
I have been personally and directly encouraged by the gracious spirit and understanding that has been displayed as we seek to operate and minister in a context nobody has experienced before.
By God’s grace, even during these challenging times, we have been able to hire new staff, approve a new budget, and continue to reach out in limited ways to our community.
On top all all this… we have the confidence and comfort of being children of God – bought by His blood, brought into His Kingdom, adopted into His family, and protected by His power.
Even in 2020, grace abounds and blessings outweigh challenges. I pray this year, whatever your celebrations look like, that you experience the reality of the Lord’s blessing, and comfort, and mercy, and provision, and hope.
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. (2 Thessalonians 1:3-4)