Kneemail 41J – A Warm Heart
If you’ve taken any road trips lately, you’ve noticed seasons are changing and our landscape is putting on its fall jacket. From my front porch, Autumn leaves are turning yellow and orange just before they tumble to the ground on the wings of more serious winds. The squirrels that frequent my yard are scurrying back and forth storing up the abundance of nuts to sustain them through the winter months. And me? I’m looking for a good deal on a bushel of apples to replenish the apple butter my grandchildren love so well. The fall harvest is only one more reflection of God’s blessing to mankind. My heart has already begun the season of thanksgiving.
Frankly, I’m looking forward to cooler temperatures, slower schedules and more time for reading the love letters God has reserved for us in His Bible. We have all been appalled at the horrific trauma and loss of lives recently in Las Vegas; pause for a moment and consider the lives lost in the defense of our written Word. What a shame we treat it so casually. These moments spent reading His word are meant to be savored, stored in the chambers of our hearts and minds, protected and available to aide us in times of discouragement or trouble.
Hubby and I have the privilege of ministering to a group of believers in a local worship center. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to stand before witnesses and testify to the sustaining grace and mercy of God! How about you? Where have you taken your stand to testify for the Lord? Maybe you end your conversations with the phrase, ‘have a blessed day’, or perhaps you serve by helping children understand the gospel stories. If you are somewhat shy, how about stopping by your local nursing home or residential care facility, ask the staff for the name of someone who has no one visiting them. What a way to show God your thankful heart for your own family. Your smile and friendly voice may be a lonely person’s greatest blessing.
Take a few moments this week to read some verses of thanksgiving. The mother of Jesus, Mary, speaks beautiful words of praise and thanksgiving in Luke 1:46-55. The fifteenth chapter of Exodus records Moses’ prayer/song of thanksgiving after seeing the Egyptian army destroyed in the depths of the Red Sea. Zacchaeus was so thankful for Jesus bringing salvation to him, he promised to give his goods to the poor and to pay back anything he had taken wrongfully by four times! (Luke 19) The Bible has many such examples.
For me today, I shall borrow Psalm 66, “Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious. Say to God, ‘How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You. They shall sing praises to Your name.” (1-4)
Don’t wait until November to be thankful. Begin today to find new ways to express a thankful heart. You may not have everything you want, but those of us living in America certainly have more than most people in the world. Join me on the front porch this morning and be thankful to God!