Happy Thanksgiving, praying friends. As the West family makes preparations to observe this wonderful Holiday with some of our loved ones, our prayer is that each of you will experience the blessing of a grateful heart, and that your gratefulness will result in an offering of praise to the Lord our Provider. He is such a benevolent Father who bestows blessing upon blessing on His children, and even on those who do not acknowledge Him. His mercy is abundant and the rich storehouses of His grace are inexhaustible. How truly blessed we are to be recipients of His unmerited favor and enduring love.
In his letters to the Church in Corinth, Paul repeated the phrase, “Thanks be to God!” He offered at least three specific reasons to offer thanks. The first reason was because God gives us the victory over death and the grave through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:53-57). The second reason to thank God was because Jesus always leads his followers in a triumphal procession and “through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him” (2 Corinthians 2:14-16). According to Paul, we are actually the aroma of Christ in a lost world. The third reason was because of God’s “indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15). In this passage, Paul was speaking of the obedience and generosity of believers who were motivated by their confession of the Gospel and the surpassing grace God had given them. When we reflect upon these three reasons Paul gave to the Corinthian church for thanking God, it should compel us to join him in giving thanks for these amazing blessings!
We would be remiss not to thank God publicly for answered prayer, especially when each of you have been praying so diligently. First, our request for technology funds for Latitude has been met. We are now able to purchase necessary hardware and software for the ministry. Second, I have had several opportunities to share the vision of Latitude in the past few weeks, resulting in additional prayer warriors and monthly pledges of financial partnership. Another answered prayer is the frequent encouragement and affirmation from many of you and others whom the Lord prompts to reach out to us. It is amazing how timely your words have been. It is a tangible reminder of the Holy Spirit’s activity during this time of great transition. Lastly, we had another tech person join our volunteer web team, which will help me focus more on the things that I am best equipped to do.
May the Lord bless each of you richly as you offer thanks for God’s numerous blessings and His abundant grace. Our family will be thanking Him for each of you this Thanksgiving.
Keith and Kimberly West
Keith West is the founding President of Latitude GLC, a non-profit ministry in Rockwall, Texas. Keith believes his calling is to be a "Barnabas" to the next generation of spiritual leaders.