Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Amanda!

Happy Thanksgiving Amanda. Even though it's hard to say that, knowing you can't be here with us, I am still thankful.

I'm thankful for all the years we were able to spend Thanksgiving together. You loved the holidays when we got together with all the family. We had a a lot of really good Thanksgivings, and for that I am thankful.

But I'm most thankful that we will one day spend this holiday together again. When my time on earth is done, we'll be together for every Thanksgiving, for eternity.
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." -- Colossians 3:15

That's the real reason I can be thankful, and even happy, today, because the peace of Christ's promise that this world is not the end, it's not our eternal home. His promise that we will be together again, that knowledge gives me a peace that could never come from anything else in the wake of your death.
"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts." -- Colossians 3:16

Satan takes away, but God gives so much more than could ever be taken from us. The fact that He sent His Son to live, teach, suffer, and die, so that our sins can be washed away and we can spend eternity in Heaven, together, that's a gift that makes it possible to be thankful today.

Because of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I am promised a tomorrow that you and I will spend together, an infinite number of tomorrows we will spend together, even and infinite number of Thanksgiving days we will spend together!

How could I not smile when I think of that? How could I choose not to be happy when I think of that? How could I choose not to be thankful when I think of that?
And so I will be thankful, today and every day, because of the Thanksgiving days we spend together and all the days we will spend together again. I'm thankful because God made it possible to have the peace of knowing those days will come. By giving the greatest gift of all, to all of mankind, His one and only Son, to die for our sins, so that we can be forgiven, and so that we can spend eternity in Heaven, together, God gave me a reason to be thankful in ALL circumstances.

So today, even though we don't have you with us on Thanksgiving, I give thanks to Jesus for all those Thanksgivings we spent together and for all those to come that we will spend together again. You will be missed today, but never, ever forgotten.

Happy Thanksgiving Amanda! We love you dearly, as much as the day you were taken from this earth.

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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