FROM THE VACANCY PASTOR
November is an exciting time of the year. It is not quite as exciting as it was some years ago, when Thanksgiving Day always brought with it the rivalry between Texas A&M and the University of Texas. Many family disagreements came up on Thanksgiving, some good-natured, and some not so good-natured. My daughter and I both went to Texas A&M, my son and daughter-in-law to the school in Austin.
But that is not what we really think about in November. We plan for family visits, we plan for the opportunity to get together to celebrate the National Day of Thanksgiving. For many of us it is a time when we begin to get started on the Holiday eating schedule, which we try to reverse on January 1 of the following year.
It is a time when we, as the Redeemed by Christ, can come together to worship and give thanks for all the blessings which we have received during the past year.
LSB Hymn 892 is a well-known and loved hymn:
Come, ye thankful people come;
In travels between Big Spring and Lubbock, the cotton has not all been gathered as yet. The milo is still in the field. And yet, we still give thanks to God for the abundance which He continues to give us in our Nation and in our area.
But November also marks the end of the Church year, and it is appropriate that we think of that as well. The Gospel lesson for the last Sunday of the Church year is Matthew 25:31-46 in which Jesus speaks of the judgement and the separation like sheep from goats.
Verse 3 of Hymn 892 is definitely appropriate:
For the Lord, our God, shall come
We have so much for which to be thankful, but especially that we as the called people of God are given all good things, but especially the assurance that we have received the gift of salvation from God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Blessings to all of you.