By His Grace: Happy Thanksgiving!
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
This Thanksgiving holiday holds greater meaning for many, including me. We have faced everything imaginable, a pandemic, economic hardship and loss of life. And it was the grace of God that has brought us through. If this year has taught us anything, it is to appreciate the gift of life and love. One could never truly value these things until you have been personally tested and tried in it.
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him."
Gathering around the Thanksgiving table with an attitude of gratitude, I reflect upon the goodness of God and what makes us grateful and with a humble heart.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
Allow me to share what I am thankful for in this season.
I am thankful that I serve a God who never fails; who remembers not our shortcomings and loves each of us in spite of ourselves; who redeemed us from the curse of the law; from poverty; sickness and disease; and who desires for you and me to have eternal life with him forever.
"Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things."
It makes me grateful to get to do life with each of you. I get to witness your growth in faith, also your transformation in the Lord. I recently heard the longer you walk with the Lord, the deeper your relationship grows.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
I am grateful I get to share the love of God with others. It brings me joy when I am used for His service and witness the outcome of its effects. And you, too, can enjoy the same. This Thanksgiving give of you as Christ gave of Himself for you and me.
"You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God."
This holiday season take time to visit the sick and shut-in (where permissible and safe). Bring a neighbor or family in need of a hot meal. Extend a dinner invitation to those who you are aware may be alone.
"Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness."
Take a moment to share with each other one thing God has done for you this year. Include the children as well. It’s important the younger generation learn from our testimony. Share how God’s love and faithfulness have made a difference in your circumstances this year. Praise God in songs. Not only will this encourage those who may be experiencing difficulties, it will also serve as a reminder we serve an ever-present and awesome God.
"Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens."
Being thankful is not about material gain. The blessing of the Lord promises his children prosperity which comes in many forms, such as good health, sound mind, Joy, gifts and talents and ideas, and so much more, all of which come from the father in heaven. I once read that to be spiritually poor is better than to be rich. For when you are rich, you tend to cease seeking the help of God. When sharing a meal with loved ones, friends and strangers, remember whence you came and who brought you through.
Until next week, be blessed, and I love you in the love of the Lord.
Bible references: Colossians 3:15; Psalm 28:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Psalm 107:8-9; Philippians 4:6-7; 2 Corinthians 9:11; 2 Corinthians 9:10; 1 Chronicles 16:23-26; Deuteronomy 28 (Prosperity). To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.
-- Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.