ENTER HIS GATES WITH THANSGIVING
As we enter the Thanksgiving Season, we want to take just a few moments to remember what this time is all about. Our forefathers fought through so many hardships when they came to this land called America. War, death, disease, savagery, weather, almost like it is now!
Their decision to take aside time to thank God for the obstacles that He had delivered them from and through was a challenge to us today to do the same. Each of us has struggled with something this year that would have otherwise had a different outcome had God not intervened. Even in the face of adversity today, we can still recall of the blessings that have been ours throughout our lives. If we took a yellow legal pad and began to list all our blessings, it would take hours if not days to list them. Please don’t get so caught up in the family, food and fellowship of this season that we forget to remember. Remember:
Our personal blessings (family, friends, homes, food, health and benefits)
The hungry world wide (those who will not have food to eat on thanksgiving)
The abused worldwide (those who live daily in physical and mental abuse, especially the children)
The afflicted worldwide (Those who suffer from health, financial, and other serious issues)
The homeless worldwide (those who have no place to call home or those who have been displaced due to the ravages of war)
The military worldwide (those who will be away from family and friends during the holidays in order to defend our freedoms)
Our nation (the chaos and bitterness that exists in our great land)
David wrote these beautiful words to remind us of our great blessings:
(A Psalm of praise.) Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
May I challenge you as well as myself to take just a small part of this wonderful Thanksgiving season to remember how blessed we are as a people, as a nation and as children of God? Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Margie
Margie Winnie helps people find their happy place in their walk with God. She been in women’s ministry for over thirty years serving as a Sunday school teacher, women’s ministry leader, and has a long history of public speaking and singing. The author of "A Place Of Sweetness", she is currently writing "Mama’s Legacy". Margie is married, the mother of three children and two step-children, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, as well as being "Mama" to many motherless ladies. She is the founder of WIGS (Women In God’s Service), a service ministry for Christian women.
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