Be Thankful

Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

On a Thursday in the month of November, Americans celebrate a day we call Thanksgiving. The history of this day is found many years ago when the early settlers in 1621 celebrated their first harvest with the Native American Indians. The feast lasted for 3 days and caused the pilgrims to remember all they had for which to be thankful.

Today, Americans still get together on a Thursday in November and eat turkey and dressing. Many gather, on this day during the calendar year, and will converse about the first Thanksgiving with one another (family and friends) and thank God for His many rich blessings.

As I plan to sit down today, 2019 Thanksgiving, to eat the turkey and dressing, with all the fixings my precious wife cooked for our little family, I do believe I have much to be thankful for. (1) I am thankful for the assurance that I have that I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. That He, by His precious blood He shed on the Cross of Calvary, purchased me to be His forever; (2) I am thankful for the Word of God (my King James Bible) and the truth the Lord has blessed me to understand. That I have two eyes to use to read my Bible; (3) I am thankful for the Church and the gospel that is preached there. For the privilege and blessing I have in attending the worship services at Union Grove Primitive Baptist Church every Sunday; (4) I am thankful for my precious wife and children, Joshua and Sarah Beth, who bring so much joy to my life. I will confess, I’m one of those men who married WAY up and am blessed to have these three to spend my life with; (5) I am thankful the Lord blessed me with a godly mother and father, who worked very diligently to raise me the right way. If I didn’t turn out OK, it sure wasn’t their fault; (6) I am thankful for my friends in the Lord. The Lord has blessed me to have friends all over the United States and I’m thankful for each one; (7) I am thankful for the house the Lord has blessed my family to live in. I often call it mine, but it’s actually His and He blesses me to live in it for a little while; (8) I am thankful for the hope and expectation that one glorious day I will see the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds to go home to be with Him in glory and thank Him forever for His mercy and grace. Job said in 19:23-27, “Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

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