Event Date: November 26, 2020
Flo & I would like to take this opportunity to extend fraternal greetings to our Mid-Atlantic church family!
With the United States’ Thanksgiving just around the corner, we felt compelled to share with you our thoughts on this beautiful tradition that has always brought families and friends together.
In light of the rise in the pandemic and the nation’s political unsettledness, let us find time to be thankful. With current situations, the human side of us may be tempted to ask, “Be grateful for what?” Hence the reason for our encouragement to you during these challenging times.
In the short but powerful story in Ruth’s book, Naomi, after a disastrous pilgrimage to Moab, returned to her homeland in Bethlehem Judea. The entire town was happy to see her and her daughter-in-law Ruth. The women asked, “Is this Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me…. I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the LORD has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?” ( Ruth 1:19-21 ESV). These are expressions of a person with whom life has been unfavorable with. You see, the name Naomi means “pleasant” but her current situation made her feel unpleasant or bitter; she said, “The Almighty has brought calamity upon me.” She had lost her husband and two sons back in Moab while in search of bread for the family. Understanding how this story ended up with Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz, we will find good reasons why you and I should take time out during these difficult times to count our blessings, name them one by one, and see what the Lord has done.
As your regional leaders, we encourage you not to allow the current affairs of life to obscure your thankfulness and gratitude to the Almighty God and those around you. Yes, Thanksgiving this year may not be the same as previous years, but the fact that you are alive is ample reason to be thankful!
So, from my wife and me, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Levi & Floreth Clarke