Good evening everyone. I hope each one of you enjoyed the Thanksgiving Holidays and were able to share them with the people you love. But I would also like to remind all of us that there are many folks that faced the holiday without someone they love and there are many reasons why that was. For some, there has been a recent passing of a loved one. Some are faced with theirs serving on foreign or even domestic soil protecting the freedom for us to celebrate. Some are alone because there has been an argument or a loss of trust that separates them from their loved ones. Some are in hospitals or nursing homes and have no loved ones left to enjoy the holidays with. And I’m sure there are many other reasons that i have not thought of or failed to mention. But the point is this. If we are fortunate enough to not be in any of the above situations we should be full of thanks and holding our loved ones close to our hearts.
There are so many things that we should be thankful for that it is impossible to recall all of them. However, we know that many of them are centered around our relationships with our families and even our friends. And we when stop and think about those we love we should be thankful that God has placed them in our lives. It would be such a lonely world if we weren’t surrounded by other people. I believe God knew exactly what He was doing when He designed us to experience the feelings of what we know as love and acceptance. And we will talk some more about that later in the post.
We certainly should be thankful for the freedoms we are favored with in this country in which we live. In spite of the problems we have and the seemingly increasing presence of evil, there is no other country in the world that can be compared to the United States of America. So we should be very thankful. We also should be thankful for all the blessings we have even though we may not recognize them as that all of the time. God has provided us with jobs that allow us to provide for the needs and yes, many times the wants, that we have. He has provided many of us with good health and when we are not up to snuff, the doctors and medications that most of the time brings back up to par. And let’s not forget that He has provided us with special gifts and talents to use to be a blessing to others. That is another way He blesses us. And I could go on and on. We are so blessed!
With everything I’ve said so far I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the main thing we should be thankful for. Actually it was where I was headed the whole time and thus the title of the post. God in His infinite wisdom, His endless mercy, His matchless grace and His boundless love has blessed us with the greatest blessing of all. Even though we have inherited the sin nature that Adam brought on all mankind when he disobeyed God, God provided the means by which we could be reconciled to Him and could again be called His child. By giving of His only begotten Son through His death on that cruel cross, our sin debt was paid and God sees us as if we never sinned. And all because we are covered by the blood of Jesus and His righteousness. Can you think of anything that we should be more thankful for than that? I certainly can’t. As a matter of fact, I am forever thankful. How about you?