Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankful Anticipation

Thankfulness opens the windows of Heaven. It's no accident that our holiday season begins with Thanksgiving. We, however, have lost our vision. Instead of anticipating spiritual blessings, we can't wait for the Black Friday sales which start on Thanksgiving Day and end on Cyber Monday. Whether we shop in stores or in the comfort of our homes on the Internet, our thoughts are on spending money, too often money we don't have.

Gratefulness, on the other hand, is the language of love. It enables open communication with our God. I am thankful for the love of the Father, the love that brought forgiveness of my sins and hope of living in eternity with Him. His love for me inspires me to show love to others. Giving gifts is one way, but we can share God's love every day of the year, by giving a helping hand, a smile or an encouraging word.

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7


Unknown said...

God must want my focus to be on thankfulness this Christmas season. The Sunday morning service was on this and now your blog. Looks like there's no crying over my financial limitations this year. That's good!

Sue Tornai said...

Thank you, Steve. God is speaking to my heart too and I hope others as well. The reason for the season is Jesus and His humble birth and life that changed the world.

Patrick said...

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I Thess. 5:18

I'm thankful for you, Sue!

Sue Tornai said...

Thank you, Patrick. I am grateful for your leadership in the writing craft, your example of perseverance. Merry Christmas.