Thanksgiving is often associated with family and food. Today was no exception for me. We had almost all of our family here for a turkey dinner today. That meant lots of food and lots of commotion with 8 adults and 9 children (ages 3 months - 8 years) in the house. But now that everyone has left and the house is quiet again, I find myself thinking about how blessed we really are. It is so easy to lose sight of the material blessings that we enjoy in this part of the world where we live.
But even more than the material benefits we have in our country and community, as believers in Jesus Christ we are blessed in ways that most people cannot understand. Yesterday in church we looked at Psalm 92 where the psalmist reminds us that "It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High..." It is good to give thanks... That is what this day is really about - giving thanks to the Lord.
I am reminded of a woman by the name of Katherine Mansfield. She was a gifted writer, but she rejected any knowledge of God. Due to health issues she moved to Switzerland where she was overwhelmed by the beauty of the mountains around her. She wrote to a friend, “If only one could make some small grasshoppery sound of praise—thanks to someone, but who?” How sad that anyone should have a heart filled with thanksgiving but not have anyone to thank.
The key to thanksgiving is not only to recognize our many blessings but also to recognize the source of those blessings and to give thanks to our Creator, the source of everything that we enjoy.
So, what am I thankful to the Lord for today?
There are certainly many more things I could add to this list, but above all, I am so glad that when I feel thankful, I know who to thank. "Thank you, Lord..."
It is hard to believe that the summer is past. It is over 3 months since I have posted anything on this blog. It is not because there has been nothing happening in my life. It is just that over the summer it seemed that this endeavor took a back seat to other things.
We had many family times over the summer, spending time with our children and grandchildren. We also welcomed another grandchild during the summer. Amelia was born to Michael and Katrina in July. What a joy she is, although we do not see them as much as we would like to.
Well, now that summer is over, and things are getting back into routine, I hope to get back to posting some thoughts on a semi-regular basis. I encourage you to keep checking this page to see what is going on in my life and my mind,
We had a great Easter Sunday. Our service at church was wonderful. There were a number of visitors who came out to church this morning. The singing was wonderful as people raised their voices in praise and worship to our risen Saviour. The sun came out promising a wonderful, warm day with more melting.
Then we had a wonderful day with family. Three daughters, one son-in-law and seven grandchildren made a house full of commotion and noise but it was wonderful to have family here to share the day with us. Again, we are so blessed to have our children and grandchildren close enough to share these special times together.
Easter is such a wonderful season of the year. There are many significant Christian holidays, but none so significant as Easter. Christmas and the birth of Jesus would be meaningless if it were not for the death and resurrection. It is the resurrection that gives us hope for eternity.
We had the opportunity to participate in a Christian Passover Seder on Thursday evening at the home of a friend. It was a wonderful experience to see the amazing symbolism in the Passover. There are so many elements of the Passover meal that point to Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Hi, welcome to my page. I will try to update this as often as I can, but I know that time often gets away on me, so I make no promises. However, I encourage everyone to check back often to see if there is something new.
For those who don't know me well, let me introduce myself. I was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and grew up on a small farm almost as far north as you can go and still farm in Saksatchewan. After High School, I attended Nipawin Bible College, graduating with a 3-year diploma in 1977. It was there that I met my wife, Val. We were married in 1978 and a year later applied to Village Missions to serve as Missionary-Pastor. We arrived on our first field in Jarvie, Alberta in October of 1979.
Over the years we have served in five different communities. We have been here at the Clive Christian Fellowship since August of 2001. It has been a wonderful 11 years, with a great group of believers. We have also found Clive to be a very friendly community to live in.
Val and I have four children. Three of them are married and have given us eight grandchildren. We are privileged to have all of them living fairly close, so we get to see our grandkids on a fairly regular basis. As I am writing this, we have four of them staying with us for the weekend. They add a lot of excitement to life.
Well, that is enough about me for now. I will try to add something to this page again before too long. If, at any time, you have some thoughts about anything I write here, feel free to make comments.
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.