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Thanksgiving Day 2015

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

112015 Ray McDonaldThanksgiving comes once a year – as does Christmas – Easter – Pentecost – etc.  Yet we don’t have to limit our thankfulness to one day – do we?  If your family is like mine – when we gather to give thanks over the bounty on Thanksgiving – we pause to give thanks for something specific – everyone at the table.  It is a touching time – and watching our family age before our eyes – year after year – brings a nostalgic note too.

I’m the crier in the family.  An example was nearly six years ago when I totally lost it at my wife’s 50th birthday party – not sure why – other than just honoring her for the awesome woman of God she has always been.  Tears will flow for most any reason from my eyes.  With the holidays coming I will shed tears when I watch It’s a Wonderful Life for the 100th time – and even watching Charlie Brown Christmas will bring tears.

So it should come as no surprise that I shed tears over passages like this one when I read it.

Romans 8:32 – He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?


This picture as nothing to do with the post today, I just thought it was cute.

As my children age before my eyes – I often reflect on the love it took for the Father to offer up HIS ONLY SON for my sins.  I said this past Tuesday at the morning Bible Study – how much I love the folks at First Church. I also love the folks from Mt. Zion and from other places I have lived and served.  Having stated that – I must admit – I wouldn’t offer up any of my three daughters or granddaughters for any of you.  My love for them exceeds my love for you or anyone else.  Yet the Father’s love was so great that He offered up HIS ONLY SON for me.  That brings a tear to my eyes – knowing that God loves me – me – the sinner that I am – with such a great love.

The first thing I am thankful for is my salvation – a free gift from a loving God – given to a sinful me.  I also thanked God for my wife and three daughters and my four granddaughters (and their husbands and fathers).

What are you thankful for today?  Go to Facebook and leave a note about what you are thankful for today.  You can also simply use this blog post and leave what you are thankful for as a reply today!  I wonder what you are thankful today?

He did not spare HIS ONLY SON the passage says – and if He loves us that much – would He withhold any blessing from us?  God wants to bless our socks off folks.  Most of the time – all He asks is that we love Him back – live our lives for Him – because we have been bought and paid for by the shed blood of HIS ONLY SON.  Give thanks today for our God who loves us so much.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


November 26, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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