“Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
     As we move into November, we draw near to the Day of Thanksgiving. While it is toward the end of the month, it gives us plenty of time to reflect upon all that we can be thankful for this year. Yes, I know, we have been dealing with so much which has made us focus on the negative aspects of life this year. This why the Gospel is so important! The Good News of Jesus Christ has been extolled, written, and watched all year through here at Long lake Lutheran Church. The message of hope and love has not diminished. When we have tuned in to the message, we have heard the Good News. This is what we can be thankful for! In conversation with some our church leaders, there is the sense that we are stronger now than we have ever been. Our faith and conviction that “God is our stronghold and strength” has made us aware of our reliability on the gift of hope and salvation through Jesus Christ. While the world shifts and changes, the foundation of faith is eternal built on the “rock of our salvation,” Jesus Christ. Our true thanksgiving is in the One true and almighty God! 
 Pastor Ron