November 25, 2021 — Thanksgiving: For a Day, for a Life, and for Eternity

The restaurant is closed today. Cook, Ricky, and the rest of the staff have the day off and are not there. Neither is Stan.  Rather than having me tell you a story today about being thankful, how about if you take a few minutes (or however long you need) to write your own story of your thankfulness? It’s important to express thanks to the One who provides all for which you have to be thankful. Wishing you Happy Thanksgiving — for a day, for a lifetime, and for eternity! —S. Tory Teller

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Bible verses to consider:

This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24.

I will rejoice and be glad in Thy lovingkindness, . . . Psalm 31:7

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for all you have provided for both sides of eternity.  Out of your love you gave your only begotten Son so that all who believe can by faith accept your free and gracious provision of life eternally with you when it’s time. As well, you have provided the eternal life of knowing you and Jesus in an ever-deepening personal relationship while waiting for the train. I confess that too often I do not express my thankfulness to you as I should. Please help me in following every step of your lead in expressing my thankfulness for all you are, all you have done, all you are doing, and all you will be doing as I choose to draw closer to you. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you accepted God’s free and gracious gift of salvation for which you can be eternally thankful? If no, why? what’s in the way? If you do have the assurance of salvation, are you able to express thankfulness for drawing ever closer to God in a deepening personal relationship while you want for the train to glory? If no, is that because you are not growing before going? If you sense changes are in order, how are those changes going to occur so you truly live a life (not just a day) of thanksgiving? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

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