So much to be thankful for…where do I begin?
As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5
I am so thankful that I can “come to him, the living Stone”. Thankful for the freedom to call Him my savior, my rock, my salvation. Thankful that I can praise and worship Him in the spiritual house, my church. Thankful for those who come along side me, encourage me and hold me accountable.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10
This just gets better…That we are chosen? I am so thankful for His mercy and that His mercies are new every morning. Thankful that I belong to Him.
When our forefathers came to this new land to exercise their religious freedom they set in motion the tradition we celebrate today; Thanksgiving. I wonder if Americans who gather around their tables today, with family and friends, understand that the reason we celebrate this day is not only for giving thanks for the new harvest, but it is really celebrating the freedom to worship God and to live out our faith daily. And to think this day has almost become just another day before all the sales begin. How sad.
Today I will also be thankful for the men and women who risk their lives to bring Christianity to this land.