“Praise is due to you, O God in Zion.”      Psalm 65:1

 

Ancients had no trouble attributing thanks to gods whom they believed were responsible for life experiences like bountiful harvests. The writer of the 65th Psalm, and his people he Jews, took great joy in thanking the One, True God for the good things of life.

On Thursday this week we will all gather to consume a feast with family and friends. I wonder who we will really thank for the bounty of this meal…Ourselves or God?

Ron Nicholas

Advent; God in a Season in Search of, and for, Us

My memories of the Advent season are from the distant, and not-so-distant past.

 As a child, I remember being immersed in the season, not just from the ‘Christmas is almost here and I’m soooo excited’ standpoint, but also because our family was imbedded in the traditions of the church as well.  Advent season on the streets of Freeport Illinois and in the sanctuary and hallways of St. Thomas Aquinas church were heady places for a third grader.

 More recently I have been able to be guided through this wonderful season by pastors and you awesome people here at Glendalewho bring on a whole new sense of anticipation in me.  Gone are the days of working 70 hours a week in shopping malls just because ‘it’s Christmas’; now I have the chance to enjoy, even savor, every coming day.

Advent had always been a season in search for me.  It has become a season in search of me.  God has found me this Advent season right here, right where I belong.

Mike Shultz

From Whom all Blessings Flow
One of my favorite traditional songs is the Doxology, “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow.”

As we approach Thanksgiving time which is my favorite Holiday, I want to reflect on our blessings. This past Sunday afternoon I was reminded of all the blessings we have in our lives given to us by God.  I attended a fund raiser for a co-worker who about 4 weeks ago was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma cancer of the brain. I have worked with and known this person for 17 years.

The outpouring of her friends, family and co-workers was indeed a sight to behold. What an uplifting sign of support and blessing she received. I wrote in her guest book telling her how God loved her and that prayer is a powerful thing.

May each of us take time not only during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday but every day to remember how much we have been blessed.  For it is from God that all our blessings flow.

Our God is an Awesome God!

Shelley Shultz

 

Brevity is a quality not known to apply to many preachers, and I include myself.  But I admire it in others, particularly in matters of religious faith.  At the top of my list is the brief summary of the Christian faith by the American poet, Edwin Markham.  A work altogether true, easily memorized and carried perpetually in the heart.  I pray it guides and inspires you as it has me.

Here is the truth in a little creed.
Enough for all the roads we go.
In love is all the law we need.
In Christ is all the God we know.
          Edwin Markham 1852-1940

Rev. Jim Ross