Chapel Thanksgivings: Enduring Love

Sunset from Delta Line Road

Sunset from the Rodenberger Farm

shared by Casie Rodenberger

Psalm 136:1
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Chapel Thanksgivings: Thanks?


by Jack Newton



Are you kidding me? Thanks for this???

Our much beloved, first born, twenty month old son pulled a boiling pot of water over his body. The burns were terrible. You could see his white glistening ribs in 3 places. His skin and meat were gone, burned away like butter. The doctor said “ We faced years of plastic surgery, and even then the thick ugly resisting scar tissue would deform his body as it was growing so fast, but more likely a secondary infection will kill him”. THANKS???

Not enough??? Then:

I was struck with some unknown disease that causes long periods of very difficult pain. 18 years going to every doctor and specialist, prayer, begging God, following every new medical or natural healing lead, strict diet….and, no results. My only recourse is strong pain medication that is increasingly less effective…..THANKS???

Through the terrible burns of my son, God spoke to me aloud, I was saved. And an extra dollop of love…Our son was totally healed by a miracle 5 days later.

Through my pain, I have drawn closer to God and begun….just begun… to understand and seek and really want humility.

Yes, thanks, Thanks THANKS *THANKS*


Chapel Thanksgivings: My Eternity is Sealed



shared by Irene Thompson — a poem by Neil Thompson from 2015

I’m thankful for the sunrise that bids the darkness flee…
I’m thankful as I wonder what God has in store for me…
I’m thankful for another day and the possibilities it holds…
I’m thankful I’m a child of God as I watch it all unfold…
I’m thankful that God has plans for me each, and every day…
I’m thankful that He guides me into His will and His way…
I’m thankful for my loving wife and our sixty plus years together…
I’m thankful for each joy and challenge we have weathered…
I’m thankful for our two daughters who’ve known both joy and strife…
I’m thankful for the grandchildren they brought into our life…
I’m thankful for our great-granddaughter, and six great-grandsons…
I’m thankful each one is unique, and grateful they’re such fun…
I’m thankful for our many friends we’ve met here and afar…
I’m thankful each has left an imprint on our minds and hearts…
I’m thankful for the ministries God entrusted into our hands…
I’m thankful for His guidance and His power in which to stand…
I’m thankful that today Christ lives and intercedes in our behalf…
I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit who empowers us to cry or laugh…
I’m thankful for His sensitivity in me to others’ joys or pains…
I’m thankful that He always reveals God’s plan, over and over again…
I’m thankful, ever thankful, that I’m secure in Christ my Lord…
I’m thankful my eternity is sealed according to God’s word.


Copyright © 2015 Neil G. Thompson


Chapel Thanksgivings: Psalm 100



from Vic and Sandy Kiel


Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

  1.  Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
  2.  Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
  3.  Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
  4. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
  5. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Chapel Thanksgivings: Grateful to be Thankful


Grateful to be Thankful
by Lee Mielke

Play on words or the grace of God?

I’m grateful that I am thankful, all year round, and that is God’s doing, God’s grace in me.

A lot of people aren’t, ya know. They believe God, government, or society OWES them so they have no attitude of gratitude. They cry “Give me Give me.” There, but by the grace of God go I!

I would add that, over the years as I have  s – l – o – w – l – y matured (those who really know me I’m not there yet) my attitude of gratitude has changed some, from the horizontal, to more of the vertical.

Yes, I’m extremely grateful for my parents, family, and upbringing, my kids, my friends, my home, the food that I eat, the gifts and talents He has equipped me with, and there are many more things I could list here, but my Spiritual eyes have become more opened to the vertical, looking upwards….to the One Who made me and give to me.

As I struggled over what to write this week to keep Emily from knocking on my door, I came across a passage that put all this into perspective. Hebrews 4:15 tells me that “I don’t have a high priest who cannot sympathize with my weaknesses.” I have a high priest “Who has been tempted in ALL things that I am, and yet without sin.”

And, because of that fact, I, we, you and I, can “draw near WITH CONFIDENCE to the throne of GRACE so that I/we may receive MERCY and may FIND grace to HELP in time of need.”

Now that’s something to be thankful for!

Oh, I don’t always FEEL it, but this I know…”for the Bible tells me so.”

Chapel Thanksgivings: Saved from the Fire


by Lois Poppema

My friend (who moved to Santa Rosa two years ago the better to grandmother there
and who came with us to Wiser Lake Chapel Sept. 17) was evacuated from
their home October 9 because the fire was threatening their neighborhood.
Praise God, she and her husband were able to spend the week with their son’s
family – grandparenting; last week I shared her thanks for prayers that both their
homes were spared.
Last Sunday she called to ask that we thank you all again, but there was no
time last Sunday evening.  Her church was also spared only because a guy was
checking to be sure an elderly woman had been evacuated from the homes
closest to the church. Homes on her side of the street were unharmed, but
the houses across the street had been burned; some may have seen a video
in which a woman is asking “Why were those homes saved and not the other
homes?” It may have been that street.
Having established that the lady had been evacuated, he saw that the fire had
jumped to a shed on the church property, saw two looters roaming around and
“enlisted” them to help him hose down the shed so that the fire didn’t spread
to the church. It was such a Divine Intervention she wanted you at the Chapel to know:
if the guy hadn’t been concerned about that elderly lady, and if there hadn’t been
looters to help him, things could have developed differently.
So I guess we could pray for the looters as well as for my friend’s husband to see God’s Hand and to be grateful for all the answers to her, our, and your prayers. May he (and they!) go to church this Thanksgiving and give God some praise and glory!
Thanks for some more prayers!
Lois & Tinus