Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.
Desiring to thank God for who he is, I search my mind for Scriptures read, Scriptures studied and memorized, and indeed remember Psalm 100~
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
His continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
And then, from my own heart, I remember what the Lord said when he was asked which was the Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind, and strength; and the second is like it—love thy neighbor as thyself. My personal prayer of thanksgiving flows from these precepts.:
Love the Lord thy God-
-with all thy heart~ Thank you, Lord, that you really love me! That in , you have given me family, (name them) friends, and others to love, and that marvel of marvel, they love me too! Thank you for the emotions to feel and share love. O God, without love, where would your children be?
-with all thy soul~ Thank you, God, that you created us with a soul that will live forever. And that you made a way through salvation for us to spend eternity with you. Thank you for the Cross—the bridge from earth to eternity in Heaven.
-with all thy mind~ Thank you, God, that I can love you with my mind, because you blessed
me with a mind that can think, reason, remember, and together with my
-with all thy strength~ Thank you, God, that I can love you with my strength by serving you. Indeed, I commit every fiber in my being to serving you with my life—loving others and meeting their needs, just as you said, ‘When you did it for the least of these, my brothers, you did it for me.’ Thank you, Lord, that though I am a sinful person, you see fit to use me, and give me the physical strength and fitness to lift and carry (food and clothes), to cook, hug, teach, and encourage those in my ministry path, which of course, is everyone!
O God, thank you for the brand new avenue you have opened up for
service—‘Charlie Street’ in Costa Mesa—you are blowing my mind with what
you are doing there. Thank you, Father, that formerly homeless ‘Vodka Steve’ who I took there nine days ago is now returning to just ‘Steve’. Former
Dupont executive, this gentle , intelligent soul has a story not to be
believed—and now he has an opportunity to get his life back. Thank you God, for the strength you are giving him even now, this Thanksgiving Day.
Thank God for your heart, soul, mind and strength, naming the ways he has
graced you in each area—and then, let us thank him again tomorrow by
truly loving him with our heart, with our soul, with our mind, serving
him with our strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.
Happy Thanksgiving, precious ones.