Psalm 134: 1 Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! 2 Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord. 3 May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.
Bless the Lord indeed. Tomorrow is the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. Our son Nick arrived yesterday from North Carolina where he attends university and our daughters are here as well. It’s always a treat for my wife and I when our children are all home – doesn’t happen much these days. And, in a short time, we will drive to a rural area outside of Austin to celebrate Thanksgiving on my wife’s family farm. I’m guessing many of you have plans for tomorrow as well.
Today I’m mostly pondering the things in life for which I am thankful. I reflect on this while seated in a very comfortable home with a bedroom for each person in our family – something unheard of in many parts of the world. There is plenty of food here. No one will go to bed hungry. This is a safe neighborhood where crime is low and neighbors are (mostly) pleasant and agreeable. The overall health of my family members is good. We have access to some of the best healthcare in the world and insurance to help us pay for it. While we are certainly not wealthy people, we honestly lack for nothing. Our heavenly Father has provided every material thing we need – and much more.
What are the material things of life for which you are grateful today?
I’m grateful for my work life, which is to serve as senior pastor of a local church in suburban Dallas. I am blessed by the people and staff of Rejoice, with whom it is a pleasure to be the church. I also enjoy the work I do coaching other pastors and lay leaders, some of whom I’m guessing are reading this post today. Thank you for your trust in me as we grow together for the sake of the gospel. I want to offer a special thanks to those of you who read this blog regularly whom I’ve never met. It’s a privilege to connect with you via this blog, wherever you may call home.
What are the work-oriented things in life for which you are grateful today?
And the greatest blessing of all? That one’s easy – the blessing of knowing our Lord Jesus. I was a lost young adult around 1990 when the Lord grabbed hold of me and set me on a path with purpose. One day I look forward to thanking Jesus face to face. THAT will be a great day.
Heavenly Father, you are so good to us as your children. Give us grace to embrace the Thanksgiving holiday – by giving you thanks and praise. We ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.