Thankful for family. Thankful for friends. Thankful for a warm house, clothing, food, and a job that provides the income for each. Thankful for safety and good health. Thankful for the birds that sing a good morning song outside the window each day. Thankful for beautiful sunrises and faithfully vivid sunsets. Thankful for a purring kitty. Thankful for memories both pleasant and painful. Thankful for lessons learned and trials overcome. Thankful for each breath, each tear, each laugh, each smile. Thankful for an abundance of brothers and sisters who share in the inheritance of Christ. Thankful for a local church home where the Word of God is faithfully and boldly proclaimed every week.
Yes, there is much for which to give thanks this day and everyday. The list of transient, tangible blessings could go on and on for pages. And while these are all amazing, gracious, beautifully wonderful gifts from a loving and generous God, ultimately, there is only one gift worthy of our wholehearted, overflowing thanks.
[Y]ou were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
The next day [John] saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth…Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.
(Revelation 5:6, 11-12)
For those who are in Christ, there is only one supreme reason for thanksgiving this day and every day, and that is the gift of the perfect One who lived the perfect life, died a perfect, atoning death for all who would believe, and whose perfect sacrifice was found acceptable by the Father, as demonstrated by His resurrection on the third day. This One perfectly intercedes for us even now before the Father, and He will one day gather all of His own together to be with Him forever.
This day, as we pause to praise our God for the countless, undeserved blessings He has bestowed on us in this life, let us offer our ultimate thanks for the supreme gift: the Redeemer, the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Verses to Ponder
1 Timothy 1:15