Happy Thanksgiving to anyone out there who may be reading this. I just finished looking at the Washington Post and decided it is time, again, to go on a news-media fast. There was essentially nothing in the Post that would make anyone think that Thanksgiving had anything to do with anything other than shopping. No mention of the God to whom so much gratitude is due for His continuing blessings. No mention of the Savior who gave Himself so that we might enter the day confident of God’s love for us and that we have a future precious and secure with Him. In that regard, I’m a bit sad that for the first time in my adult life I am not planning on calling home to wish Mom and Dad a happy Thanksgiving. It marks a significant time in my life when mortality is ever more real. With Mom’s passing in October, I became the oldest survivor in our immediate Furgerson Family. The really great news is that I know Mom and Dad are with Jesus and rejoicing in The One who was and is the foundation of their lives and faith. How wonderful to have this assurance — that their eternities are secure in the Lord. What a blessing and what a cause for Thanksgiving. My prayer for you today is that your personal faith will be in Jesus and that you stand before Him confident in your salvation, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the Gospel. It is in this hope that I join with the Apostle Paul and:
“…ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light. For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:9-14)
A psalm for giving grateful praise.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.