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Giving Thanks

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am busy getting ready to host our family for that famous meal. I make special recipes that I don’t make any other time of the year. Most of us have a set menu for our Thanksgiving meal that can’t be changed; like turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie!

It is also a time for remembering all that we have to be grateful for. Our family always goes around the table to say what we are thankful for before we dig in. Family is the overwhelming response at our table. I am so grateful for my family! I miss those who can’t be with us.

But recently I have come across some verses that remind me of other things I have to be so grateful for. Because of Christ, I am blessed beyond all measure. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ Jesus with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:3a ESV) God doesn’t give me some blessings, he gives me every spiritual blessing. Later in Ephesians, Paul tells them God gave them the Holy Spirit as a guarantee that he will give us our inheritance he promised. Paul also says in Ephesians 2:6 that we are seated in the heavenly realms with Christ. It is really mind boggling what God has given us in Christ.

Paul also reminds the Corinthians of the same thing. “I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. Through him, God has enriched your church in every way-with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge. This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true. Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 1:4-7 NLT)

I have, you have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Not only can we be thankful for family, our country, but the gifts that God has showered on us. God generously gives to us even though we do not deserve it. We can’t do anything to earn his gifts. We are blessed beyond all measure in Christ Jesus our Lord. As my family goes around the table this Thanksgiving, I will give thanks and praise to God for all his spiritual blessing. How about you?

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