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Reflections from Pastor Norma

November 2018 

NOVEMBER – Leaves changing colors and  retail stores are already decorated with Thanksgiving AND Christmas décor.  Fall is here and we can feel the air getting slightly chilly!  Time to  get out our winter clothing.  For me, I want to make  sure the heater is working!  After all,  my blood is still thin from living in Hawaii these past 8.5 years!

 John and I visited Boston and we did all the touristy things like visit Plymouth Village.   We marveled at the first Pilgrims (the Congregationalists) who came on the Mayflower.  Survival was a horrendous hardship for these immigrants.  And somehow miraculously an Indian named Squanto appeared.  This first known American Indian knew how to converse with the English.

 Years earlier, Squanto was captured by the English sailors and returned to England and was kept as a prisoner to a landed gentry who taught him to speak English.  One day when he heard of a ship sailing to America, he escaped and returned to his homeland.

When I read the life of Squanto, I realized that God had a plan for this young Indian.  It would be through him, our first American settlers would learn to farm and fish and  would survive the harsh winters of the New England region.

This Thanksgiving as we sit with loved ones, family and friends, we can recall how God saved His people through one man and made the colonies flourish.

We can be thankful that no matter how tough times may get;  God will send someone to “save us”.  He did that over 2,000 years ago.  Jesus of Nazareth who came to bring love and forgiveness to all people.  Yes, our Redeemer is still “alive and present”   to those who are wise enough to seek Him today.

 ENTER HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING, AND HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE!  Be thankful to Him and bless His name. 

(Psalm 100:4)

Happy Thanksgiving!   

Blessings,             

 -Rev. Norma DeSaegher

 

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