Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

It's hard for me to find words these days for some reason. But I didn't want this Thanksgiving to go by without expressing my thanks to my God for all He's done for me. Last year, I had a lot to say. I even did a series of posts, one for each of the days during the week preceding this holiday which I love so much. In these posts, I thanked the Lord for seven specific blessings. Thanksgiving Day was the seventh post, and I've decided to copy and paste it here. You see, I have no more to say now then I did then. My sentiments are exactly the same. So here is my post from November 23, 2006. May the Lord bless each and every one of you this Thanksgiving and every other day.

Well, it’s Thanksgiving Day. Today, I complete my list of blessings. Of course, you know that I would save the best for last. If I had a calculator and would start adding them up, I could name so many more than I have on this list. My home, my health throughout the years, my dog Frodo, certain relatives, all of God’s provisions of food and clothing, and other material possessions, are all things I’m thankful for.

The other day I looked up the word “blessing” in dictionaries in our home. Today I looked it up on Dictionary.com. (After all, I’m a modern day grandma.) There were six results, and the second and third meanings are the ones that apply here. The second meaning is “a special favor, mercy, or benefit” and the third is “a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.” Nothing fits these descriptions as marvelously and wonderfully as my salvation. Of all that I could stand up and proclaim as blessings from God, none can compare to what He has given me in Christ. My salvation is a special favor, mercy and benefit. It is a gift bestowed by God, which has brought me happiness beyond measure.

Those of you who know and love the Savior, stand up with me today, Thanksgiving Day, and praise the Lord for this, our best blessing. The others that we have will fade away, or die, or disappoint, or leave. Jesus never will do any of these. He’ll never leave us or forsake us—He’s promised us this and He keeps all His promises. So as thankful as I am for the six blessings which I have outlined during these past seven days, I am not resting on them for eternity. I’m only resting on Jesus.

Thank you Lord, for my salvation.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Fairest Lord Jesus,
Ruler of all nature,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Thee will I cherish,
Thee will I honor,
Thou my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.
~Munster Gesangbuch, 1677; tr.1850, 1873


8 comments:

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I have had a hard time leaving comments lately. Hopfully you will get this one.

I wish for you and your family and wonderful Thanksgiving Day with all the thankfulness that a heart can hold, many joys and much family fun. Have a great day. You are a very special blessing. connie from Texas

sparrow's song said...

Dearest Maxine,

Thinking on your post...
I would hate to even ponder where we would be without the grace of God in our lives. At times I think back to the darkness my mind was in now that He has turned my understanding toward His Light. I was helpless without His intervening in my life, as we all were. Bless His name forever for the things He has done and for who He is. Jesus Christ is a sweet blessed Lord God.

I had to chuckle that you named your dog before you named certain relatives on the list of thankfuls. *smile* Many blessings to your family this Thanksgiving. Thank you for being such a blessing online.

hugs in the Lord

Sara said...

Happy Thanksgiving Nanna!

Cathy said...

What a beautiful Thanksgiving Day post, Maxine. I love it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Beka said...

Happy Thanksgiving! This was a beautiful post.

Mishel said...

Happy Thanksgiving Maxine!!

A Note From Theresa said...

Happy Thanksgiving Maxine!

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Hope your day was filled with wonderful things! God is so good. And yes, resting in Jesus, what a place of peace.