Dear friends in Christ,
What are you thankful for? That’s the question we’ve been asking at POP this month. There’s really no wrong answer, and hopefully you’ve got more than one! This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, and while it’s not a religious holiday, it is good to stop and give thanks to God for what we DO have, remembering that “Every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures” (James 1:17). We’re reminded in Hebrews 2:10 that everything is God’s – we’re just using it and caring for it for a while.
One of my favorite hymns comes to mind: “God gives me my days of gladness, and I will trust him still, when he sends me sadness. God is good; his love attends me, day by day, come what may, guides me and defends me. From God’s joy can nothing sever, for I am his dear lamb, he, my shepherd ever. I am His because he gave me, his own blood for my good, by his death to save me. (LSB 756).
I am thankful for God’s eternal wisdom and that he has safely brought me to this day. I hope that whatever your week entails, and however it goes, that you find joy and thanksgiving in being a child of God and knowing Jesus as your savior and that he loves you. I’m most thankful that we both know and believe this to be true. Thanks be to God!
A blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours!
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