This week is Thanksgiving, for any of you who have been too busy to check the calendar! It's hard to believe how quickly this year has flown by. Our year of Providence 365 has just a few short weeks left.
I'd been mulling over what I would be using for my verse for this Sunday, knowing that I wanted something related to gratitude and thanks. And, I read this verse this past week, as I've been reading through the ESV Bible, using a through-the-Bible-in-a-year plan via email.
Isn't that just perfect for Thanksgiving? Receiving food with glad and generous hearts, praising God.
When our children were little, we worked very diligently to teach them that they couldn't reject out-of-hand the meal that was placed before them. That God, in His Providence, had provided food for them through their father's employment and my preparation. We wanted them to see God's care for them in the pizza, which they loved, or the lentil soup, which wasn't their favorite. It was still all from His good, kind, loving hand. So, not only were they to not reject it, they were to be thankful.
Do you see your life in the same light? If it's hard enough to be thankful for lentil soup when it's not your favorite, we need to know and watch for a lack of thankfulness for life's truly difficult and unpleasant circumstances. The only possible way to rejoice in and through them is to recognize that God is loving you by them. He is working out His ultimate plan in your life, to make you more like His Son.
So, my prayer for you this Thanksgiving is that you are truly thankful to God for the ups and downs, the joys and the sorrows, the pizza and the lentil soup. May you indeed have glad and generous hearts, praising God.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.
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