It was the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. We were busily finishing our lesson preparations for our perspective Wednesday night classes. (James is currently teaching a course on godly music and Amy is giving a teacher training class.) Of course in Argentina, life does not revolve around a North American holiday such as Thanksgiving, so our church plans proceeded as usual. However, somewhere in the midst of pondering the meaning of Thanksgiving, we realized that it’s not just a North American holiday, but a Biblical mandate for believers to give thanks. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6-7).
Halt! Change of plans — Let’s have a good old-fashioned praise service at church tonight! And that is what we did…
We formed a circle around the room (something that we have had to stop doing because of the amount of people now attending Wednesday nights) and just spent the evening singing, reading verses on thanksgiving, giving thanks to God, and praying.
It was so wonderful to hear testimony after testimony of how God has been working in each one’s life – folks are growing spiritually; fathers are leading their homes for the first time; families are becoming united; wounds are being healed; and the Lord is taking first place! Praise God for His work among this sweet group of believers! I believe it was unanimous that this will become a new tradition at Iglesia Bautista Independiente del Pilar!
As a family, we are taking the day to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with other North Americans. We’re planning on having another praise service – this time in English – and reading a Thanksgiving Declaration from George Washington. So, in whatever corner of the world where you may celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we pray God would give you a day of “declaring his works with rejoicing” (Ps. 107:22).
By His grace alone,
James & Amy Greenwood