Wednesday, November 21, 2012

With thanksgiving in our hearts . . .

Ahhh, Thanksgiving! Our favorite holiday! When we spied a can of Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce on a grocery store shelf in the Petén, Guatemala, it didn’t matter that it felt 115 degrees outside, we could almost smell the turkey roasting!

Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time to reflect on blessings, or a challenging marathon of activities if we’re not careful. We love this season because it reminds us to take inventory of the spiritual bounty that God has faithfully promised and continually delivers through Jesus Christ our Lord. It’s a great time to ask yourself:

“Am I grateful for all that God has brought into my life? Do I recognize that every good thing is a gift from His hand? Will I accept that some situations that I may view as unbearable adversity could actually be God’s goodness – His best for me in-the-making?”

Psalm 27:13 promises that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Even in the midst of troubles, persecution, heartbreak, disappointment, and human failures, God’s goodness remains. He doesn’t change. He alone is good. He is the author of all that IS good. And He promises that we will SEE and experience His goodness in our life. To see and experience His goodness everyday, we must receive His greatest gift of goodness – the saving grace of His Son, Jesus Christ.

In the crush of the holiday bustle that inevitably accompanies life on American soil, we pray that the revelation of God’s goodness and of His bountiful eternal blessings graces your heart and strengthens your spirit in Christ Jesus.

Simply serving,

Rod & De

Note: We are stateside on furlough and have a few dates still open for speaking engagements. Click to contact us.

We deeply appreciate your ongoing faithful support and prayer covering. We are taking a few days during Thanksgiving week to enjoy family and friends, and then will be busy with preparations to return to Guatemala for the work of 2013.

De has scheduled a couple of special posts about specific outreach experiences. Watch for

“The Road to Paso Caballos,”

“His Hands… his feet”

If you would like to participate in what God is doing in the Petén, Guatemala, contributions may be designated to "Guatemala/R&D" and sent to Crescent Lake Christian Center, 1250 Saint Louis Avenue, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

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