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Pastor Mike Loudermilk

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Although most of the leaves have fallen, I have noticed that the leaves which remain lower on the hills are beautiful.  They are bright red, burgundy, and orange.  Seeing beauty in nature reminds me of God.  However, others might look to the hills and see everything dying and have a very glim perspective on what lies ahead.

Thanksgiving is a time of year to be thankful.  Being thankful has a lot to do with how we look at the things around us.  Alphonse Karr says, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”[1]  So often in life we look at the thorns.  Those thorns are real.  Lately we might call Covid-19 our thorn.  The thorns can be numerous. The challenge for all of us is to see the roses.  Psalm 121:1- “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

As we celebrate thanksgiving this year lets try to see the roses. Let us look to God and see the beauty around us.  As people of God, we believe God is always present even when we are surrounded by thorns.  How will you look to the hills?  There are brilliant colors if you will look for them.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Pastor Mike Loudermilk

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