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Friday Flashback: Giving Thanks or Do We Deserve It?

It’s hard to believe this is the Monday before Thanksgiving. The year seems to have flown out the window somehow and left me behind in its dust.

Window days

I haven’t done a Thankful Journal this year. Truth be told, I haven’t done one in several years.

As I reflect over all I have to be thankful for, I realize I am really good at saying (or printing it) but not so good at really believing it. Somehow I feel we all fall into this trap.

In this free country of ours, it is easy to lose sight of all we genuinely have to be thankful for.

I have noticed people, myself included, tend to add qualifiers to their thankfulness.

Not really surprising when one thinks of how the last few generations have been raised.  Or more accurately, what the last few generations have absorbed when the message that everything is all about us has bombarded them through the media, school, government . . . you name it.

“You deserve a break today!” goes a popular jingle. “What about ME?” one song says. “You deserve brighter eyes!” “You deserve affordable housing!” “You deserve a better job, or car, or whatever!”

Everywhere you look, everywhere you go there is a sign with the message, “You deserve . . . : And we all fall prey to this insidious message.

            New Car DeserveNew House

Nothing seems to be enough. The government even declares that people can be impoverished AND still have a car, air conditioning and TV. How do you think the poor homeless veteran living on the street feels about this, or the poor child that has no food, a cold house, no shoes and no hope for a change? Do they “deserve” what they have just like we “deserve” what we have?

In truth, no one deserves anything (except eternal death and damnation). We’re all only here by God’s good mercy and grace.

I really didn’t mean to have a sermon, but this is what I have been led to say.

God loves each and every one of us.

Bible 2

 Luke 12:7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

 He doesn’t desire that one of us be hungry or cold or any of the other realities of this fallen, sin-filled world.

Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!

He’s provided a way for us to come to Him.

Ephesians 2:8-9  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

It’s simple to come to Him. Just pray and ask Him into your heart. Then find a good church to help in your new life and to continue with following His commandments and fellowshipping with other believers.

I leave you with these verses on thanks and thanksgiving; there are hundreds of examples of verses citing thanks and thanksgiving.

1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Repeat of previously printed blog post.

Thursday Throwback

This showed up in my memories for the day, yesterday.

Friday Freewriting

I enjoy thinking up and writing stories, I have many-mostly short stories.

The sky was a dark, angry being when Martin glanced up as he dashed to his car. He hurried thinking he wanted to get home before the heavens opened up.

tornado

Chloe looked out the window, worrying about Martin. The sky seemed to be a living, breathing being.

Chloe turned from the window, walked across the room and turned on the radio.

“We interrupt this program to bring you the following information. Everyone in the Brewster County area needs to take cover immediately-I repeat everyone in the Brewster County area needs to take cover immediately.”

Chloe knew Martin was on his way home. She said a quick prayer as she hurried down the basement stairs to take cover.

Martin knew he’d never make it home in time to be safe, so he pulled into the parking lot of a local hardware store and rushed in. An employee hollered for him to follow everyone to a back stock room.

Martin couldn’t sit still, so he began pacing and quoting Bible verses aloud,” Psalm 46:1( KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

He continued on with,” Psalm 46:7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah., Psalm 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast, Psalm 94:22 But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.”

People around him were starting to mutter-he was agitating their children and making them nervous.

“Hey, man,” one guy shouted, “why don’t you shut up?”

Martin, unable to be still or quiet continued his pacing and verse quoting.

“Hey you, over there. Didn’t you hear the man say shut your mouth?”

Soon others were registering their complaints in loud voices, too.

“Uh, look,” Martin said, “I’m not trying to cause trouble, this just helps keep me calm.”

“Too bad, bucko, you are upsetting the rest of us. So TAKE A SEAT or TAKE A HIKE, we don’t care which. Just sit and shut your trap.”

As Martin sat . . .

And that’s the end of my idea! (Not really, but that’s as far as I’m going regardless of what the family wants. Enough with the questions-I already broke the freewriting rule by beginning to edit!)

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