Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Extravaganza: Full Of Thanks

This is the second of three planned posts today.

To be thankful means that you're full of thanks. Now, I didn't get out a dictionary for that; I just looked at the word. Are you full of thanks? Did you know that the Bible talks about being thankful when you go to God in prayer? Ephesians 4:6 tells us to "be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God." God has done so much for us before we were even born, and He continues to do things for us today. He doesn't have to. He wants to—because He loves us.

That's what I'm most thankful for this year. The love of God shed abroad in the world and in my heart through the most precious gift of his only begotten Son. I can't imagine anything more worthy of thanks than my Lord, Jesus Christ, and the blood He poured out for the remission of my sins. Yours too.

There are other things to be thankful for: my beautiful (and growing) family, my home, my car, my job, the food on my table (sometime today), the shoes on my feet, the shirt on my back, and many many more. However, none of them compare to God's public display of His passionate love for me. Not even the breath in my lungs.

As you celebrate with friends and family today, take time to remember the things you're full of thanks for. That's what today is all about. But do yourself a favor and remember two things: (1) that God gave us the best reason to be thankful in His Son Jesus Christ; and (2) that you can be thankful every day of the year, whether you're an American or not.

May God bless you this day and always.

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