Thanksgiving: Part 2

I am thankful for God’s goodness.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.  For the LORD is good; his loving kindness is everlasting and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalms 100:4-5

God loves me.  In fact, he loves me more that I could ever comprehend.  He declares and expresses his loving thoughts towards me through creation, scripture and the lives of others.  God’s love is unconditional, so although I my feel unlovable at times, he leans into me with a comforting, passionate love. He is faithful to love me with a love that is everlasting; thus, he will never withhold his love from me because he always has my best interest in mind and desires to continuously bless me all my days.  God fills me with his love, so that I may loves others with a pure love. I may fall short when it comes to love, but he is devoted to teaching me and maturing me.  Thank you God for your goodness!

I am thankful for God’s salvation.

For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:53-57

God saves me.  Sin separates me from God causing a devastating reality of physical and spiritual death.  My life and eternal condition was once dreary, dark and demolished.  Sin temporarily conquered and ruled over me.  I was defeated and funeral plans were being arranged by the evil one.  But God with his great love for me sent Jesus Christ to the earth in order to die for my sins.  Jesus Christ died for me, a sinful one.  The righteous died for the unrighteous; the unblemished for the blemished.  Through his sacrifice the power of sin is defeated .  Death is overcome;  love and life wins out.  I accept God’s most excellent gift of salvation and my sins are washed away.  My life is transformed.  Thanks be to God!

I am thankful for God’s provision.

Directing the people to sit down on the grass, Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, he blessed the food, and breaking the loaves he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children. Matthew 14:19-21

God provides for me.  Throughout my life, God has given me all I need.  This has been evident the last few months during a significant life transition.  God has guided me into new jobs where I can use my gifts, talents and skills; and a new place to live where I can experience peace and rest. All this in a new city that I can adventurously explore.  I am experiencing God’s provision, and I am satisfied.

I am thankful for others.

I urge, then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1

God is relational and created human community; thus, he has established other people in my life.  My family is a blessing from God, and I love them.  I thank my family for all their love and support, especially during my latest transition. I thank God for friends, who are always there to reflect the love of Christ into my life.  Their dedication and compassion inspire me.  The people and children whom I serve teach me and humble me, and I thank God for them and the opportunity to be a part of their lives.

Thank you God for who you are and all that you do.

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