Kristy Landgren

Thanksgiving

  

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us (where has 2018 gone!?!) but the time for reflection has arrived.  Psalms 51:15-16 reminds us to "Offer unto God thanksgiving;and pay thy vows to the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me."

Such a great promise that reminds us God appreciates when we acknowledge His blessings in our lives.  This is one of those areas in scripture where He makes a command and then states the reward He intends to give us.  When we are thankful and when we "pay vows," or worship and keep commandments, He guarantees deliverance from life's troubles and sufferings.  Then, as we enjoy the healing balm He provides, we return thanks back to Him and glorify His Power and Goodness.  It is one complete circle, cycle, or tiding of comfort and joy!

First comes Thanksgiving, then Christmas or Hanukkah, then a New Year's celebration.  "Tis the season of lights, family, friends, food, fun, music, reunion, love and joy!  The miracle of the season is the validation that confirms Belief, and this validation occurs from the small, but exciting, acts of gift-giving and service.  It is the time of year when healing and renewal are most apparent.  But the challenge is to carry the spirit of these exhilarating festivities throughout the upcoming year and remember always to give thanks and oblations, even among trials/tribulations (which isn't easy to do), to the Great Deliverer of all!  He doesn't only offer daily deliverance throughout mortal circumstances but He has paid the price of an eternal deliverance from death and endless separation, with jubilant rewards of everlasting life and joyful reunions with our families, friends, and loved ones (probably, even including our beloved pets!)  

Happy Thanksgiving, and happy healing, to all of us who suffer at one time or another...

Comments

Amen!
Very lovely sentiments.

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