Blessings and peace,
Thanksgiving - it’s here again already. What does Thanksgiving bring to mind? In my childhood years, I remember snow sledding down the hill at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s, seeing family, and eating all the turkey and the fixin’s and the pumpkin pie that I could eat. As I grew older, snow sledding wasn’t a priority, but seeing family, eating Thanksgiving dinner, and going around the table and sharing what we’re thankful for was the highlight of the day. At this stage of my life, I’m no longer satisfied with just a day of gathering with family and sharing Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving has come to mean so much more to me. Thanksgiving, as a Christian, has become a daily offering of thanks unto God and it’s more than just what we eat, where we live, and where we gather with family and friends. Thanksgiving is realizing what Jesus has done for us. He created us in His image, knowing that we would sin against Him and He would have to die for us, yet He created us anyway. Then, throughout the Old Testament, we read about His will and His work to prepare us for when our Messiah would come, and He did come, born of a virgin, and lying in a manger. Then, He began teaching and preaching repentance, redemption, and the Kingdom of God is near. Shorty after He had spoken the words of John 14:1-7, He gave Himself on the cross, was buried, rose again on the 3rd day, and He has promised that we will be with Him for all eternity. Every fiber of my being wells up with thanksgiving and praise with what God continues to do in my life. So for me it’s no longer Thanksgiving Day, rather it’s a daily Thanksgiving. May you and yours have a happy Thanksgiving all the days of your life.
Blessings and peace,
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Stacy accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of seven, at which time he also dedicated himself to full-time Christian ministries in the future. He has served as a preaching minister for a total 27 years. He has served in cross-cultural missions for a total of 17 years to 10 countries. He has also taught as an adjunct professor for a total of 16 years.