Here in the States we are one week away from celebrating our national holiday, Thanksgiving. For many of us this holiday brings about an introspective of sorts, where we take time to reflect on our year’s events / circumstances – the good and the not so good – and see God’s hand in it all.
A few years ago I saw a hashtag that really captured my attention, “Thanksliving”. What a wonderful idea. The way I see it, Thanksgiving is an event and Thanksliving is an outlook – a way of life.
I believe the apostle Paul defined a life of Thankliving best. It is a life of contentment in Jesus, regardless of our current and ever-changing circumstances. Paul said,
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”
So whether you had a year of abundance or a year of lack, we pray that you will find encouragement this week as we share our, “7 Days of Thanks“.
Day 1: Grace
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
We start our week of thanks at the beginning and the end. Before we can look around and be thankful for any people or possessions in our life, we begin by looking above and expressing our thanks for the Grace of God and His son Jesus.
It is by grace that I write and it is by grace that we share these few moments together.
It is by grace that we have the opportunity for a beautiful reconciliation with our God.
Jesus, God among us. A Man of flesh and blood, just like you and me, but still fully God. What a deep and heavy thought.
He came from heaven to walk with the broken, the hurting, the sick, the lost, not to condemn but to offer hope, to offer grace and to offer salvation. Jesus came to be a bridge from death to life.
Brothers and sisters,
Jesus loves us so that He gave His perfect and holy life for us, a gift of grace and love in action.
We begin our week of thanksliving by appreciating the gift of grace and the hope of salvation that is upon our life every moment we breathe.
Let us express our thanks by extending grace to others, be it, a wayward family member or stranger or person in need. Not because anyone earned it but because we appreciate the grace extended to us through Jesus when we were lost and alone.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
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