Thankfulness

Today is a day to celebrate the survival of this nation, but Thanksgiving has become more than that. There is the tradition of sharing what we’re thankful for in the present, not just the past. I couldn’t write my thanks better than Paul’s eloquent words to the Ephesians:

“(3) Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (4) just as He Himself chose us in Him before the foundation of the world in order that we may be holy and blameless before Him in love, (5) having predestined us into adoption through Jesus Christ to Him, according to the good pleasure of His will, (6) to the praise of the glory of His grace that He bestowed on us, in the beloved One. (7) In Him (Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the wealth of His (God the Father’s) grace (8) which He abounded to us, in all wisdom and understanding, (9) having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He Himself planned in Him (Christ) (10) in the administration of the fullness of the times, to bring together all things in Christ, things in heaven and things upon the earth in Him. (11) In Him we also were appointed [as God’s heritage/possession], having been predestined according to the purpose of the one who is working all things according to the counsel of His will (12) in order that we, the ones who have already hoped in Christ, may be to the praise of His glory. (13) In Him, you also having heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom you also having believed, were sealed by the Holy Spirit of the promise, (14) who is the first installment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the (God’s) possession to the praise of His glory.” (Eph. 1:3-14; my translation from the Greek )

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