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Inspirational Column: Carrying the holiday spirit throughout the year

By Pastor Pete Van Dyke  
Inspirational Columnist, Canyon Lake Insider  

There is something special about Thanksgiving. It is that time of the year when many people go through great lengths and put forth huge efforts to spend time with family and friends. Community service groups put in many volunteer hours to feed the homeless and needy. Individual families with a spirit of generosity gladly make donations of food so others would be blessed in this special season.

Wouldn’t it be great if the love, care, energy, and sacrifices demonstrated in this season would be carried throughout the entire year?

The Bible says, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16) Instead of just being containers of all the blessings God has given to us, let us also be conduits to share with others who are less fortunate.

This Thanksgiving, may it be our goal for God to open our eyes and hearts to those around us and let them know that we care.

Paster Pete Van Dyke. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Pastor Pete Van Dyke is a graduate of Central College, Pella, Iowa. He earned a master’s degree in divinity from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and has served as a pastor for more than 49 years.

Pastor Pete served as the senior pastor at Canyon Lake Community Church for 39 years, the last six as pastor of Congregational Care. Pastor Pete and his wife, the humorous Pat Van Dyke, have resided in Canyon Lake since 1977.

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