Pastor's Corner

November 2022
Greetings and blessings in this oncoming month of November! 

6The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work…11You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity. which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, 11-12 

A couple of years ago I attended a training event where the speaker talked about how to present your message and gain people's attention most effectively. One of the main points I remember her emphasizing was "Avoid the block quote. People won't read them. They will see a block quote in print and skip right over it to the next thing you have to say. 

She was right, wasn't she? Everyone who is reading this article skipped straight over the scripture passage above to get to the “meat" of the message and to figure out what this article was really going to say. Don't worry, we all do it most of the time. 

I think the same is true of the month of November and the way we live our lives in the latter part of the year. We know that we are headed for winter. We know that we are headed for shorter days and longer nights. We know that despite ourselves we will soon scurry away to our homes and start dreaming about the holidays and sort of “skip over” the regular days, the "block quote of the month.” 

I want to invite us to not skip over the "block quote" that is the month of November, or even December for that matter. Let’s wade through the thick and heavy together and maybe discover something really great about what we have to offer to the world and what God has to offer to us. 

OK, go back and read the block quote. I know you were feeling a bit guilty about skipping it in the first place. It’s ok, I’ll wait… 

Yes, the quote calls us to be generous. It calls us to give and share. It calls us to be thankful. Not just on Thanksgiving, not just on Christmas, but every day. After all, what are holidays? They are days we set aside as "holy" and every day the “holy” can be seen. 

In that spirit, I invite you to begin your Thanksgiving in earnest right now. Start preparing for how you will spend the months of November and December living into the "every day is a holiday" spirit. Start living without skipping the block quote.