On this weekend as many of us have practiced the godly art of gratitude our thoughts have turned to how thankful we are for the Glorious Gospel. This Good News gives us hope, purpose, faith, assurance of Your love for and commitment to saving us. It reminds us of Your men who teach and preach that Good News. We are grateful for each of them. We are thankful for how they hold forth Your Light. We are thankful for their perseverance in challenging settings. We are thankful for their faithfulness in good days and in difficult one. We are thankful for how they care for and minister to Your People. We are thankful for how they strive to be optimistic as they struggle against their own issues, sins, weaknesses, adversaries. We are thankful for their consistency in an inconsistent world. We are thankful for their willingness to speak truth in a time when it seems to be in style to compromise. We are thankful for how they struggle to balance time with family, study, personal development, ministry and life. We are thankful for their admissions of frailty and humility and the need of Your grace. We are thankful that they will first preach the sermon they will deliver tomorrow to themselves. We are thankful that even though many will enter into difficult environments they wil go forth in Your joy. We are thankful that they will do their best even when they may not feel their best. We are thankful for these souls who so love You and respect Your word. May they remember that You love them and may that sustain them against any enemy or trepidation they may face. And, Father, may their heart find joy tomorrow.
In Jesus Name,