Dear Members and Friends of The Vine Fellowship Church:
During this pandemic, have you had those times when you felt like it was the hilarious Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day? I’ve had a lot of Groundhog Days since the middle of March.
By the time you receive the November issue of TVFNews, we will have been at this pandemic for some 7 ½ months. It is hard to believe it has been going on this long. But as we know, it was going on way before March 15th when we suspended in-person worship. And maybe, some time in November, we will know who will be serving in the Oval Office.
November is a time for us to give thanks, with the Thanksgiving holiday on the 26th. This Thanksgiving Day, just like Easter Sunday, will find many people shying away from gathering with friends and relatives for fear of someone either being infected or asymptomatic with Covid-19 and passing it along. So, we have to be smart, play it safe, follow what the governor and the C.D.C. says. But know that, as sad as these times might be, we can still be joyful for what we do have. We can be thankful for our families, our church family, our friends. We can be thankful that we live in a country such as ours. We can do, what the Apostle Paul encourages us to do in Philippians 4:4-8. I leave you with the words of Paul that I pray will speak to you, minister to you, and challenge you. Here goes: “4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
May you and yours have a blessed season of Thanksgiving and remember, “Rejoice in the Lord always.”
Yours in Christ and on the Journey together,