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Posted on November 26, 2008
At this Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for the Christ who:

-Shows me how far he'll go to rescue me from dark places I'll go.

-Empowers me to let go of my guilt and shame so I don't continue to do the same destructive things.

-Loves me until I can finally love myself.

-Knocks the devil off when he gets on my back.

-Comforts me when I'm in meltdown and struggle to get through a new trial.

-Can't help but laugh when I tell him my plans.

That's how I'm thankful for Christ this Thanksgiving.

As for how I'm grateful for what I do, I appreciate being able to enjoy the personal satisfaction of trying to do his assignments for me well so I don't have to (what I'm inclined to do) compare myself with others. Galations 6:4.***

If you throw in a little turkey and dressing with these thanksgivings, that's a pretty good holiday, in my view.

***(Just for clarification, remember we're not redeemed and saved through and by our noble acts. Instead we are saved strictly by the undeserved favor of Christ, nothing else. But upon a life-changing encounter with him, we cannot help but to minister to others in a specific way He has commissioned for each of us to bring glory to his name. Happy Thanksgiving)

Thanksgiving Eve For Our Holiday Meal
by Gary Chester Morse
We're experimenting this Thanksgiving at Gary and Ro's house. Our traditionalThursday meal this year will be Thanksgiving eve.

The reason for our first ever Thanksgiving eve meal is that in our familythere arenumerous households doing Thursday meals. Scheduling makes for frustration.

Nobody wants to do the meal early. Most preferaround 2pm. If we try to cooperate with others anddo ours late in the day, no one arriveshungry.Not very encouragingfor the main one preparing the meal.

So, this year, we've decided on early Wednesday evening, andour adult kids seem to be pleased with the new scheme.

We also like the idea that on Thursday itself, we can embrace afriend who has no family in the area. I know what that's like.Lonely. Left out. A feeling that maybeyou really don't matter to anyone.

On a certainThanksgiving day years ago, I, as a single-again adult, was spending Thanksgiving alone when the phone rang. It was a friendwho invited me over for turkey.The invitation made me feelI wasn't left out of the great American tradition.

Do you know anyone like this you could put an arm around Thursday?(Romans 12:13)


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