Every New Year’s Eve our church gathers at 11 :00 p.m. for a service of singing, Scripture reading and testimonies from our people regarding the goodness of God to us in the last year. The testimonies are always a highlight and here are some of what was said this year.
There is nothing earth shattering in these testimonies. They are the stories of ordinary people who are glad that an extraordinary God cares for them in the everyday realities of their lives. It is wonderful to hear what people thank God for.
I led things off by telling the folks that a couple of weeks ago I had a very rough day. Heather had gone to bed before I had and when I got to the bedroom there was a note on my pillow with II Corinthians 4:1 written on it
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God,we do not lose heart.
I thank God that He gave me a wife with such a heart and the knowledge that the Word of God is what I need when I have rough days.
Some of the other testimonies:
A lady whose health issues keep her away from us most of the time – “I thank God for His presence in my life, for my Thistletown family’s love and support. Before I was a Christian I didn’t know anything, not even why there was a thing called Good Friday. I knew the catechism but not the bible or Jesus. I knew the priest couldn’t forgive me but I did not know who could. We are sinners who do not know what to do and Jesus comes and saves us.”
The wife of one of our deacons – “I thank God I am here united to my fellow believers. I thank God for the good and the bad, for the unity in our family and I thank all of you for your prayers.”
One of our newest members who struggles with great pain – “It is a great joy to be here tonight. My arthritis and fibro myalgia keep me from church. I am free enough from pain to be here tonight”.
A working mom whose husband is away and who is a refugee in Canada – “When I remember where I was and now see where I am I am thankful. I thank God for my church family – the prayers help most of all. I am thankful for being kept safe in the ice storm, that my husband arrived home safely and that my children are well.”
One of our AWANA leaders -“Pastor Davis told a joke a few weeks ago about a man who whispered to the bank teller that he wanted to make a deposit. When the teller asked him why he was whispering the man replied that he was afraid his car would hear that he had some extra money and then break down. My mother gave me some money for Christmas and it got used to repair my car.”
“I picked up a bag that someone had dropped and ran to give it to him because the Bible says that to know to do good and not do it is sin”
Our church treasurer – “I thank God for His provision. He gives me everything I need for life and godliness. He provides for my spiritual healing through the cross. One day, we will be completely healed – physically and spiritually.”
One of our worship leaders – “I thank God for my health, my job, which love, for a wife who keeps me healthy, for this church and especially for being allowed to be a part of the worship team. It means more to me, to be able to help lead the church in singing, than I can say.”
Our Missions Committee chairman –
“Psalm 31:1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me!
3 For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
Please pray for me that I have a closer walk with God.”
A 12 year old girl – “I thank God for my church family.”
Just a small church gathering to worship God on New Year’s Eve. No fanfare, no flash, no great scenes of miracles. But a wonderful place to be as people chosen from before the foundations of the world, stood to thank God for His grace. It doesn’t get much better than this.