The bits and ends of Autumn.
As I sit in this mid-afternoon, the house is quiet. My husband is downstairs putting a winter scene puzzle together. I just finished a chapter of the book that I'm reading. I look outside and the flurries of snow are coming down as the little blusters of wind make them dance and the rooftops of houses are turning white. Again, the birds are at the feeders and the squirrels are busy at burying who knows what. I got up early again this morning and spent my time with the Lord, read another passage in the Bible and prayed as there are many requests lately. Church fellowship was meaningful as we get to know each other more and more with the passing of time. The sermon was so timely for what our world is going through right now and how people are. Anyone who says the Bible is outdated hasn't read the Bible - it's as relevant now as it was when written. God's word never changes and, thank goodness, He doesn't either.
Since November is a month of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share one of my favorite passages that I read this past week as I go through the New Testament again. It's in the Book of Luke, Chapter 17, verses 11 through 19. It's the passage titled "Ten Healed of Leprosy". It's about ten men with leprosy who were standing at a distance, saw Jesus and started to call out in loud voices to have pity on them. He did. But........only one came back to Jesus, praising God, and threw himself at the feet of Jesus to thank him. Jesus said out loud that all ten lepers were healed but only one came back to thank him. Where were the other nine?
Now, before we say "shame on them", how often have we done this? There are many times in our lives where Jesus protects, heals, answers prayers, provides.......do we ALWAYS say a prayer of thanksgiving? THIS is why it's SO important to read the Bible!!! In the Book of 2 Timothy, Chapter 3, verses 16 & 17 it says that "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." The above passage in regards to the man who came back to Jesus because of healing was meant for us to read as an example of how we should be. It's a teaching moment.
As we look back on this past week and now look forward to the next, let us all encourage each other in remembering to thank Jesus for his many ways of loving us and his many mercies to us on a daily basis. Thanksgiving begins in our hearts. If our hearts are self-centered we begin to feel like everything we've been given is because we are deserving. I don't know about you, but because I'm a sinner and saved by Grace alone, I'm deserving of nothing. Every good thing that the Lord provides and does for me is worthy of praise and thanksgiving - He doesn't have to do anything, but He chooses to. I don't want to be the one who doesn't come to Jesus and tell Him how grateful I am for His love and generosity.
As we take steps to plan our Thanksgiving and everything that goes into that, let us put God first. I then know that everything else will fall into place.