From the Pastor’s Pen – November 2021

I can’t believe we are approaching the Holiday season, Thanksgiving and soon Christmas. Even in this pandemic, it is about time we celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and give our thanks.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I encourage you all to take a break to stop and humbly say to the Lord “Thank you.” In 1 Thessalonians, 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This is the way of Christian life no matter what happens.

I know some of us are facing life-threating illness, heart-wrenching crisis, and the death of their loved one. It is very difficult to say “thank you” when our heart is broken, and the pain is real. So, some questions are raised. “Does God know our pain? Why do we have to give thanks in our most difficult times?”

No one knows your deepest struggles and pains. But God knows you, your pain, and your struggles. God is already stretching out his hands toward you with His tender love even before you ask. You may not realize it now, and you don’t see it clearly at this time. But God is there to hold you and love you unconditionally. God does more than you can imagine. God is powerful and with God all things are possible.

God is good. His love is endless. No matter how awful and how much pain we are in, God’s grace is more. We get lost easily in tragedy, but we’re called to lift our eyes up to our God. Have faith in God and give thanks in your circumstances.

So, even in the midst of difficult and painful circumstances, no matter how bad things are, give thanks. God has made a way for us through Jesus. As you give thanks, you will become stronger physically, emotionally, and spiritually. You will overcome anything, and joy will come into our hearts.

I want to encourage you this month to stand tall and to give thanks for both the bad and good times, for both painful and joyful times.

Sister in Christ,
Pastor Soon Sun