Pastor Andrew Hinderlie
Pastor’s Pondering for November 2019
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—“ Ephesians 2:8
As we head into November with All Saints on one end and Thanksgiving on the other, I can’t help but think of all those who have passed away in my life for whom I am eternally grateful and give thanks. I realize that if it were not for my grandmother who loved me and who took care of me when my parents were on the road begging for financial support for Holden Village and sharing the stories that inspired thousands there, for my parents who loved me unconditionally as well and encouraged me when I often felt the most discouraged, for global friends who thru the years supported and lifted me up when I lived in Europe, Asia, Africa and here in the US…separate this boldface into 2-3 sentences….Yes for all those who have joined the Saints in Heaven I cannot but continue to recall and give thanks to God for in my life. For many of them they had no idea what would happen to me, but they had faith and believed and prayed for me. They were the grace givers who reminded me that all that comes to me is a gift of God from family, work, home, food on the table, friendships, health and everything we ask for and give thanks for when we pray “Give us this day our Daily Bread” and in all things in prayer and supplication can make our needs know to God thru Christ Jesus our Lord…I recommend 2-3 sentences here. None of us know how long we have but we do know that we have a God who loves us and watches over us and carries us when we ourselves cannot do so. We have a God who does provide for all our needs and we in turn are then able to do all that God calls upon us to do freely, without reward but simply because we have first received this great gift from God called Grace.