No one would deny, this year’s been a tough one for farming and ranching. We had one of the most severe, prolonged droughts in the history of this area. You’d think our friends in the ag business would be discouraged and down. And maybe there is some of that—you couldn’t blame them.
But when I talk with ranchers and farmers in the area, I’m impressed with their steady, long-term focus. Yes, they are realistic about the reduced yields. Some have had to sell off part of their herd. Some have had to purchase hay from others. Some have had to take out government subsidies and loans. But the general attitude is good, in the face of dire circumstances.
I think our people embody the truth of the scripture found in Paul’s letter to the Thessalonian church: Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:18, NLT)
There is just so much to be thankful for, even in difficult circumstances, isn’t there! We are thankful because we serve a God who has met every real need we’ve ever had! God is faithful, always!
And so, we are going to celebrate! We are going to worship and give thanks for the many blessings we have from the Father above.
Our annual Harvest Fest will be on Sunday, October 15 this year. We will worship at 10:10 am, and then we will continue our celebration and recognition of God’s blessings with a special dinner in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service.
Our special musical worship guest this year is the father of one of our own! Tracy Buer is Teran Doerr’s dad. He will sing and play for us, and help us to focus on our harvest blessings as a gift from the Father above. So, come and celebrate God’s goodness to us, even when times are tough, God is with us. Because we belong to Jesus, we want to do God’s will and “be thankful in all circumstances.”
See you in church!