Continued Blessings…

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35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

~Romans 8:35-39

It’s that time of year again when Americans set aside a day for thanksgiving…

Although many of us give thanks to God for our daily blessings such as food, shelter, our means of support, etc. this day we call Thanksgiving Day goes even beyond that. It goes to the deepest and most meaningful of blessings we have and cherish.

We think of the people we know, friends and family members who mean so much to us. They are always there for us, in good times and bad. We have come to count on them, we think of them almost immediately when good things happen, or when tragedy comes. We want them and need them.

So then, if we are including such people as these, shouldn’t we also include God and His Son in our thanksgiving? Maybe a number of us do already, and that’s very good!

I don’t just mean as we gather around to offer a prayer for the food we are about to enjoy. I mean in the deepest and dearest places of our hearts, minds, and souls. Think of the blessings God has given us.

He sent His Son to this earth to teach us how to live a Godly life. Then, He willing gave up His life on the cross so that, through faith and obedience to the gospel of Christ, we may have life eternal.

We have God’s grace to forgive our past sins, and if we walk in the Light of the Lord, we have continual forgiveness for our future sins by the same blood which Jesus shed on the cross. We have that hope each day of our earthly life, and the realization of the “prize” when we pass from this life and into heaven.

We may have great friends and family whom we love so dearly. But there is no greater Friend in any Christian’s life than God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit! What a blessing they truly are to have!

Let us all take a moment each day and think of the Lord, considering all that He means to us. Let us especially do so on Thanksgiving. For in Him we are “more than conquerors” of sin and death! And in the body of Christ, we have a love which will stand the test of time here on earth, and into eternity.

For nothing in the present nor future will ever take that away from us. No powers will be able to separate us from the “love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So then, let us express thanksgiving for our best blessings, our closest friends and family, and for the love which God has lavished upon us…

A happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you!

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