In Touch – Thanksgiving 2013
Posted on November 27, 2013 by under Touché,

 A Special Thanksgiving


 He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again, as you also join in helping us by your prayers, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

(2 Corinthians 1:10-11)

I write my “In Touch” a few days early because I want to say thank you to each of you who have prayed for Andrew and our family these last three months.  It will be a special Thanksgiving because Andrew will be with us.  Our celebration will be small in numbers, as both the girls will be with boyfriends, but it will be powerful in gratitude as I will look across at my beautiful boy and give thanks for his life and all the improvement he is making.

The apostle Paul speaks of peril in Asia Minor that almost cost him his life.  He recognized that God’s salvation from this peril came through prayer that would move others to lift up thanksgiving.  I identify with Paul directly this year as I recognize the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

Thank you to the leadership of HRC: two days after accident they communicated through Mark that I would have the time I needed to be with Andrew and our family through the days of peril and transition.  Staff and consistory quickly made their support clear for our family and the church in this time of need.  This was a great gift not only to me, but also to others as people lifted up thanks for “the church being the church.”  In these days when we hear so much bad news about the church, your witness caused many to lift up thanks.

Thank you to the membership at Hopewell.  Our family has never felt more loved and supported by the people of God than we have these last months.  The Holbrooks (sans Hilary, in San Diego until Dec. 23) will host coffee time on December 22 and all of us look forward to having Andrew be able to thank all the people that have prayed for him and shared so many prayers and words of encouragement for him.

At the core of all this is thanksgiving to God, who has renewed my faith through this peril and taken me deeper into relational prayer than I have ever been in my life.  The tears of joy that will be shed this Thanksgiving are for all the ways that blessing has been granted us through the prayers of many.