Giving Thanks in Challenging Times

Dear Friend,

I always look forward to the fall — a beautiful season of falling leaves, changing colors and thoughtful reflection. At times, the past two and half years have felt like one big season of challenges, full of endless twists and turns. Yet, despite the challenges, I am thankful.

As we approach Thanksgiving this year, I’m reminded that the entire history of Thanksgiving in our country was born out of — and celebrated in spite of — troubles and grief. From the Pilgrims in 1621 to the Civil War in 1863 to just before World War II in 1941, the holiday has withstood centuries of twists and turns, always serving to remind us that we truly do enjoy many blessings.

Even now, finding ourselves once again challenged by the circumstances of our day — rising food costs, record inflation, stock market turmoil, war, etc. — we are able to look around at a troubled world and know that God is in control. For that, we can give great thanks!

As struggling men, women and children walk through our doors to escape their own troubles — hardships like poverty, abuse, addiction and homelessness — I am grateful for the privilege of watching God transform them to hope, joy and lasting productivity. Often, that transformation begins when a hurting neighbor receives basic necessities like meals, clothing and shelter — things that your support helps provide. But that’s not all they find here at MRM. God is using your gifts to provide educational opportunities, spiritual guidance, job training and so much more to these precious souls!

Thank you for your compassion toward those who turn to MRM for help. Your generosity is making a real difference in the lives of those who are hurting in our community! I thank God for you!

Patrick H. Vanderburgh, D.Min.