Giving Thanks

Today, many people will gather around their dining room tables with family to celebrate Thanksgiving. They may go around the table with every person saying what they are thankful for. It is a good habit to give thanks, say what one is thankful for, and to say thank you. I too am thankful for many things. I am thankful for my family, my friends, my life and my health.

But on this Thanksgiving, I feel compelled to give thanks for the grace of God, and urge you to do the same. It is His grace that is the the most deserving of our thanksgiving, for by His grace alone are we here, and by His grace alone are we with Him, and will we be with Him in the next life. There simply is nothing that is more deserving of our thanks than His free gift of grace, love and Spirit.

God wants us to to be thankful, and rejoice in His grace. He wants us to know that no matter how hard things may be in our life right now, His will is that we should rejoice and be thankful for His grace. Does this sound contradictory? It may to some, but we know that God works all things for His glory, and to the eternal benefit of those that He loves. There simply is nothing bigger or more glorious to be thankful for than that…that the Almighty Creator of the universe and beyond loves you enough to work everything in your life to glorify Him. And rest assured, sadness or despondency are not glorifying to God. He wants us to be happy and rejoice.

His grace overcomes all that is bad and evil in our lives with amazing loving force. There is nothing more to be thankful for than His omnipotent grace, that which conquers all things temporal and evil.

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Thank you Lord.

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