Today marks two commemorations for the Orange Moon devotionals. First, we began sending the messages twenty five years ago today, on November 1, 1998. Today's edition is also the 7,000th message. I realized early this year that it would be possible to coordinate the two occasions by sending out Sunday messages for a time, which you may recall, and which we had never done in the past (our regular schedule is Monday-Friday, with quite a few Saturday messages thrown in). So, today's message covers both duration and measure regarding this endeavor.
I want to thank you for allowing us to send the devotionals to you. I am grateful for the privilege, and for the fellowship we have had with so many of you through the years. I have no words to express my gratitude to either God or to you for such grace on His part, and such kindness on yours. It is a wonderful thing to know that our fellowship in this life is only the beginning of eternally walking together in shared reception of God's love in the Lord Jesus, and in responding to Him in kind. What a gift, and what a wonder to enjoy in the moment, and in the prospect of forever living with Him and with each other.
Godspeed to all of you. I would not have wanted to have lived without the grace and gift of your fellowship. I try always to not take this privilege for granted, and with you in heart and mind, I often express to our Heavenly Father the words written by the Apostle Paul for beloved brothers and sisters in Christ…
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now" (Philippians 1:3-5).