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Happy Thanksgiving to our CTK family! “And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: ‘We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.’” Revelation 11:16-17 November is a wonderful month. Some people think of it as kind of an “in-between” month that has a nice turkey holiday to help us warm up for the really big celebrations and many treats of the Advent-Christmas-New Year season. I think this month really is an “in between,” with joyful anticipation for all it brings and all that follows. We may think fondly of what has gone before: of the leaves that were beautiful as they turned and then fell; of God’s faithfulness in bringing out the bounty of our land; of God’s provision for the growth and health of his church; of how God has encouraged us by the life and strong witness of our family members who have died and are now in the arms of Jesus; or maybe the simple joy and excitement of a child getting a pumpkin. And most assuredly, we get excited to give thanks to the Lord, especially on Thanksgiving. This passage from the book of Revelation gives us a glimpse of another time of thanksgiving. It is the time of the greatest of all thanksgivings! It is that time for which we live and which we anticipate—when all waiting is over, the moment when God brings all things to completion and fulfillment. Some are thinking, and maybe praying, “when will the Lord
Jesus come again? When will God put all things right?” That is exactly what the elders in this passage are seeing with their own eyes. “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” What a moment of praise and thanksgiving that Day will be! Today, in this day, Jesus has come. He won redemption for all with his holy sacrifice and resurrection, and empowered us to live by God’s grace. We are in the time of opportunity, the time of confessing and ministering to the world in the name of Jesus. It is the “in between” time. We thank the Lord for this time! Our celebrations this month point to that Day when we will join with those elders in indescribable praise and thanks, when we see our loving Lord face to face. In great anticipation we rejoice that today we can give thanks “in between.” ~~~~November Happenings~~~~ Nov. 1 – All Saints Day (No School) Nov. 1 5 – Audubon Zoo Field Trip (No Aftercare) Nov. 20 – Thanksgiving Feast (All Classes) Nov. 21 – Holiday Pictures Nov. 22 – ½ Day Dismissal 12:00 p.m. All Students Nov. 25 – 29 – Thanksgiving Holidays Verse for the month of November – The Lord is good to all. Psalm 145:9
Peace, Maritza Sprague

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