Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)



“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” – Psalm 103:2


Dear Friend,

            Sometimes I forget.  Sometimes I forget to buy something while shopping.  Sometimes I forget a birthday.  Sometimes I forget to do a task.  Sometimes I forget a name.  Sometimes I forget where I put an item.  Sometimes I forget an appointment.  Yes, sometimes I forget.

            Worst of all, sometimes I forget the many benefits that God so richly showers upon me each and every day.  Often I go through the day taking for granted the many blessings God has given me.  It is easy to focus on our problems and not see all the many good things in our life.  So the psalmist urges each of us to: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”

            What benefits has God given you?  Daily bread?  A home?  Clothing?  Possessions?  Family?  Friends?  Water?  Good health?  Another day of life?  A job?  The ability to walk?  A church family?  A good country?  Forgiveness of your sins?  Comfort for your grief?  Peace for a troubled mind?  Love for a broken heart?  Hope in times of despair?  The assurance of eternal life?  His personal presence with you each day?  Certainly our blessings from God are many!

            So in this season of Thanksgiving do not forget all that God has given you.  Do not forget to count your blessings.  Do not forget to offer God prayers of gratitude.  Do not forget to share with people in need.  Do not forget to bless the Lord with words and deeds.  Do not forget to thank our generous God.  “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”  Yes, forget not!

In Christ,   Pastor Wayne