preparations begin, there’s one special day on the calendar – at least for those in the United States. A day set apart to stop everything, reflect and give thanks for the wonderful blessings God has poured over our lives.
Come, let us sing for
joy to the LORD ;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
~ Psalm 95:1-3 NIV ~
Hello and welcome to the November Issue of FaithWriters’ Magazine! We’ve got another jam-packed issue for your enjoyment and I’m sure you’ll find plenty to keep you reading right throughout the month.
November is always such a busy time – almost as though everything seems to speed up in an effort to cram every last little bit of activity into those final weeks of the year. The shopping centers are already bringing out the tinsel and gift ideas, and before long our own thoughts start running in the same direction.
Yet, almost as a preparation for our hearts before those Christmas
By Dori Knight
The wrinkled card lay upon the cold, concrete table in the women’s cellblock. It was made of notebook paper; the cover designed in a random pattern of pink and red hearts, glued to the crumpled page with peppermint toothpaste.
At first glance, it looked as though the hearts had been cut out of magazines, but that couldn’t be true, because inmates weren’t allowed to have scissors. Instead, they had drawn heart shapes on the colorful pages and traced those shapes over and over again, until finally, a heart fell free and fluttered away.
The heavy pen lines were still visible on each piece: black and blue marks around their hearts, much like the emotional bruises of the women who drew them; the same women who regarded me cautiously from across the cellblock table.
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Living in Australia, I don’t actually have the privilege of having a special holiday for thanksgiving. Yet, this year I really encourage all of us to take time in the lead up to Christmas, to slow down and spend time with God, giving thanks for all things and for all circumstances. That way, we’ll be sure to step into the busyness of the season with His precious peace that passes all understanding.
Wherever you are, may this time of Thanksgiving draw you and your loved ones even closer to the Father’s heart.
Of course we couldn’t let the November Issue pass without including some wonderful stories and articles to help celebrate Thanksgiving. Our front page featured article, "The Letter" by Dori Knight, is a story just perfect for the season. It will leave you with a lump in your throat and a warm glow inside. I know you’ll enjoy it.
Dr. Wayne Nelson takes us straight to the Word as the basis for his message, "Thanksgiving, What Does it Mean?" You may never have thought of thanksgiving in quite this way before.
Still want more Thanksgiving blessings? Then make sure you stop by "‘Tis the Season" for a bit of Turkey Trivia and a whole lot more.
But our November Issue isn’t just about Thanksgiving. There’s so much more – including a brand new department that I know will be a great resource to churches, youth groups and Christian ministries everywhere. Our new Department is called "Acting Up" and every month you’ll find scripts and helpful information for those who want to express their faith in a dramatic way!
This month in our fiction department, "Heaven Bound", we’re beginning a powerful true-life series, "Desert Found Faith". The first installment, "The Demonstration", will leave you breathless and longing to know what happens next.
For something much lighter, make sure you read Kenny Paul Clarkson’s delightfully funny story, "Baptist Beer". I was laughing out loud by the end and I can almost guarantee you will be too!
No matter what your age, I know that you won’t fail to be touched by Karen Treharne’s true story in "Teen Truth" this month. "Children at a Crossroad" deals with a subject that is becoming more and more common with every passing year and Karen’s hope is that by sharing her testimony, others may be prevented from making the same mistake.
If you love the Psalms and poetry, then I know you’ll love "The Rhythm of Life" this month. Using the Psalms as inspiration, each writer has poured out their hearts to God. I know you’ll be blessed.
I could go on and on and on! There is so much more inside just waiting for you to explore. So take your time, sit back, relax and enjoy the November Issue of FaithWriters’ Magazine – the freshest, brightest Christian magazine on the Internet.
Until next time, may God bless you and your loved ones every day and in every way!
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.