Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving of Thanks

I am thankful for such an experience in this life that literally everywhere I lay my hand I am touching a blessing from God.

I am thankful for a wise and wonderful and beautiful wife whom I do not deserve.

I am thankful for three sons and two daughters who -- by the grace of God -- are following Christ with the sincerity of a child-like faith and yet with the joyfully confident aspirations of a maturing faith.

I am thankful for a loving broader family, of whom we have the pleasure of spending this Thanksgiving holiday with many.

I am thankful for the amazing church that it is my honor and privilege to pastor in Decatur, Alabama.

I am thankful for true and steadfast friends who look past my faults with the eyes of kindness and goodness.

I am thankful for the gift of health and strength in which I can enjoy this delightful world that is constantly singing the glory of its Maker.

I am thankful for the gospel / good news of my King's triumph over sin and death, in which I am not treated as my sins deserve. Rather, I am treated as a beloved son of God for all eternity, world without end.

I am thankful for the forgiveness of my sins in this life and for the hope of a world in which pure, undiluted righteousness dwells in the next life.

I am thankful for the awesome mystery and beautiful simplicity of the Triune God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- who has revealed Himself to us all in world and Word and wonder.

I am thankful that as I trust this God I can know that even the trials of this life are intended for my ultimate good (James 1.2-4).

I am thankful for godly teachers whom God has gifted to reliably point us to Him. Enjoy this little quote from C.S. Lewis' book Mere Christianity...

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and help others do the same."

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