25 September 2022

Thanksgiving IX ~

18-24 September:  During the past week, I have been thankful for the blessings of health and strength that remain; thankful for the blessings of family and friends - near and far away; thankful for these words from James 1:12 where we read: "Great blessings belong to those who are tempted and remain faithful! After they have proved their faith, God will give them the reward of eternal life. God promised this to all people who love Him." (Easy-to-Read Version); thankful to the Maker of us all for the great love He has shown in giving His life that we might have a place in His forever kingdom; thankful that He forgives when we confess our failures to Him; thankful for the wise counsel found in Ephesians 4:29-30: "Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak]. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed and marked [branded as God’s own] for the day of redemption [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin]." (Amplified Bible); thankful to see clear skies and sunlight through my big east-facing window - what a blessing after days of gray, smoke-filled air!  I was thankful for the rain-showers that provided the cleansing needed; thankful for this promise from Joel 2:23 where it is written: "... Celebrate! Be glad in your God. He’s giving you a teacher to train you how to live right— Teaching, like rain out of heaven, showers of words to refresh and nourish your soul ...." (Message); thankful for the continuing "stable/no changes" assessment from my Nephrologist after my visit; thankful for traveling mercies (no bumps, bangs, or crashes as we traveled north for the consult and returned home); thankful as I read this encouraging passage from 2 Corinthians 13:14 where it is written: "May you have loving-favor from our Lord Jesus Christ. May you have the love of God. May you be joined together by the Holy Spirit." (New Life Version); thankful for the "great hope" of the imminent appearing of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; thankful to have opportunities to share that hope with others through my computer;  thankful as I read this message from Zechariah 13:9 that can explain His plan when things seem to be going badly for us: "Then I will test those survivors by giving them many troubles. The troubles will be like the fire a person uses to prove silver is pure. I will test them the way a person tests gold. Then they will call to me for help, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘You are my people.’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” (Easy-to-Read Version); thankful to know I am precious to my heavenly Father (Isaiah 43:4); thankful to know that I am loved (Jeremiah 31:3); thankful for these words of affirmation from 2 Peter 1:3-4: "God's divine power has given us everything we need to live a truly religious life through our knowledge of the one who called us to share in His own glory and goodness. In this way He has given us the very great and precious gifts He promised, so that by means of these gifts you . . . may come to share the divine nature" (Good News Translation); thankful for the return of the day the Creator chose to place at the end of His work of forming and filling the earth - a weekly reminder that this IS my Father's world; thankful for this beautiful season of bountiful harvests, of color; and I was thankful for this admonition found in Hebrews 10:35-36 where we read: "... Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised." (New Living Translation).