Thanksgiving

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.
All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
– Psalm 138

Things I am thankful for: Kristi, Ava, Kenzie, family, friends, church family, good health, Reese’s Pieces, basketball, and worship music.

I know what you’re thinking: “Here comes a generic Thanksgiving devotional.” You would be correct, if that is what you were thinking. But I hope that we can really consider what it means to be thankful for what we have.

On Thursday, friends and families will gather around a table and enjoy the company of each other. This alone is a rare occurrence these days. Life gets so busy, and holidays provide an opportunity for life to slow down and for us to remember the things that are truly important in life. My list above probably looks like many lists that will be written or discussed over the next couple of days. I am so thankful for Kristi, Ava, Kenzie and my entire family. It is a great blessing from the Lord to have the family that I have. Along with that, the church family at Faith is amazing. To be walking and growing with you all in our faith over these 9 years has been such a blessing. To know that God hasn’t called me to a job but to His ministry at Faith humbles me as He uses me.

This brings me to the part you probably thought was missing from my list above: God. It is important to remember that He has brought all those people and things into my life. Words cannot express the thankfulness I have for God. The sin in my life causes a division between me and God. However, God, in His love for me and for the world, sent His Son to die a death that we all deserved. It is in that death that I find forgiveness and a restored relationship with God. With God at the center of my life, everything else falls in line and He helps me understand all the blessings I have.

When we gather around our tables on Thursday, think first about God’s love. The people and things of this world are great, but there is something greater than anything we can imagine. The Psalm above reminds us of what God did for us, is doing for us, and what He will do for us.

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