My neighbors haven’t wasted much time in “lighting up” their houses to celebrate this wonderful time of the year! Ironically, so much darkness and loneliness prevails under these frost-covered roofs. Significantly, Thanksgiving Day was immediately followed by “Black Friday” where some shoppers across the nation all but trampled each other in hot pursuit of a “bargain.” The Day of “giving” soon gave way to the obsession of “getting.” I’ve yet to hear someone tell me what they “gave” for Christmas; invariably the question is, “what did you get?”
Obviously, there are many exceptions; but the fact remains that it takes special grace to have a giving attitude. “Grace”(charis) literally means “gift or giving;” add the prefix “eu”(meaning “well”) and we have eucharis—the Greek word for “thanksgiving.” One must be “well-graced” or full of love to be thankful; bellyachers and whiners are selfish and hardly ever thankful. O, for a true attitude of gratitude as we face this Season.
Didn’t mean to be so “technical” here, but Chris and I are being challenged to be thankful for God’s sustaining grace in the midst of ongoing difficulty. Solomon reminds us that there is “a season and a time for every purpose” in life; David said that as we “delight” and “meditate” on the Word, we would be like “a tree planted by the rivers of water,” bringing forth fruit “in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psa.1)
I think we qualify as “seasoned saints,” but our natural “leaf” seems to be “withering!” The “outward man” is perishing, for sure, but thankfully the “inward man” is being “renewed day by day.” We want to be faithful and fruitful throughout this later season of life, finishing our course well. Thanks for your continued intercession.
Chris has three (3) final internal radiation treatments beginning this Wednesday (12/5) She is still anemic even though receiving several expensive “hemoglobin booster” shots. Radiation kills good red cells, while hopefully destroying the bad; in turn this causes a low energy level, even affecting her taste and desire for food. We both look forward to the season of recovery, when our calendar will be less “jammed” with doctor’s visits and treatments, etc.
Gratefully, I’m still physically and mentally well, despite an ongoing bout with Bronchitis and a slower gait. God’s enabling grace has been unmistakable. My new book “Facing Depression” Exploring Its Cause and Cure” has just been released and available through Amazon. This is an improved update and revision of my former book on the subject. It’s already making an impact in fighting the “depression epidemic.” Use this link to view the video, etc. http://theoldpathspublications.com/Pages/Authors/Finnigan.htm#Depression
God is moving in hearts and molding lives at the Mission. In today’s climate of demonic rebellion, you can’t imagine the level of spiritual warfare we face daily. Keep the new Mission Building Fund under prayerful consideration. We’re getting real close!
Sending our love and gratitude to each of you,
Bill & Chris
hopeless world. Those who trust Him become “shining lights,” reflecting the character of our Savior
Season for everything….