We just learned a new hymn here at CBC.
“My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace and gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness and clothed me in His light;
And wrote His law of righteousness and pow’r upon my heart.” (Getty/Townend)
This expresses my heart so much. God has graciously been “massaging” my heart with these truths over and over again this year. With each circumstance God has worked into my heart His glorious grace. I am truly thankful.
Even more than this, I have seen the grace of Christ come alive in the lives of many of our people. This week, I want to express my gratitude to my church family for the grace of God that is evident in so many lives.
To my church family at CBC, thank you for…
1. Showing me Christ by following the leadership that the Father has given all of us in Christ. Imperfect elders and now deacons working together to serve God and others is a blessing, but it can’t be done without the people of God following. Grace to you!
2. Showing me Christ by loving Cindy and me, my family, and even my dog! We bombarded you with us now over 2 1/2 years ago and you have graciously and lovingly accepted us–all of us and the joy of Christ has permeated your lives in love for us. Thank you!
3. Showing me Christ by loving the new people God has brought. I have seen some of our older people invite these younger people into your homes, out for a lunch or dinner, and you have showered them with lovingkindness. The newer people have all spoken of your kindness and how you pictured the love of Christ for the world by your kindness shown.
4. By showing me Christ by serving each other and reaching beyond your comfort zone to love people who are different. God graciously continues to give us people from all over Columbus and even from many different cultures. Many of you have given yourselves to them in a very self-less way that exalts the name of Christ. I watched with amazement some of the new younger folks who jump in and do whatever it takes to serve the body of Christ. Last Sunday night was so encouraging. Many of the ladies who in the past always were the ones in the kitchen were graciously served by our young adults who served pies, home made whipped cream, coffee, and all with a joy that was full of the joy of Christ. It was breathtaking!
5. By showing me a greater glimpse of Christ’s humility through your love for God’s Word. You have listened to preaching and have responded with humility, confession, repentance, as well as a deep-rooted desire to see God’s glory revealed and enjoyed. You have motivated me by your loving response to God and His Word and the results have been undeniable. You have grown, matured, and have then been more prepared to look at life with courage and joy knowing God is really God.
So to all my CBC family, may this Thanksgiving really be a time of rejoicing in the glory of Jesus Christ! He alone is our King, Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. Spend time thanking Him and giving of yourself to His great grace so that we will continue to become more like Him and less like ourselves. We have much work to do for His Kingdom and let’s not miss a single opportunity to walk with Him.