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Giving Thanks This Yuletide

Giving Thanks This YuletideWhen contemplating what to say, of poem, or prayer on Yuletide day. I went directly to my King. I said, “What message should I bring…”

“… to carry burden—ease each heart—to lessen pain and hope restart? What words to make the weary sing?”

He said, “Give thanks in EVERYTHING!”Giving Thanks This Yuletide

“In every thing?” was shocked reply. “But pain You surely won’t deny? Give thanks,” I said. “For year like this? For aching heart? For what’s amiss?”

“Lord, surely You’ve another plan.” I said, “I can’t.”

He said, “You can!”

Giving Thanks This Yuletide

Giving Thanks This Yuletide“You see the FIRE and all that’s lost. You see the FLOOD and what it’s cost! But I see more… beauties untold! I see the gems—I see the GOLD…”

“…Of treasures you will take with you, when school is out, and you’ve come through. I am your God of loving grace. Remove that scowl from frowning face!”

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Giving Thanks This Yuletide“Give thanks, and let your dreams take flight. Give thanks, you’ll soar to rainbow’s height! You’ll cause your Master’s heart to sing. When you give thanks in everything!”


When contemplating what to say, of poem or prayer on Yuletide day. I went directly to my King. I said, "What message should I bring..."

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.

But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the DOUBLE: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

[Isaiah 61:1-7Isaiah 61:1-7
English: World English Bible - WEB

61 1 The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble; he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the year of Yahweh’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3 to appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give to them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he may be glorified. 4 They shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. 5 Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and foreigners shall be your plowmen and your vine-dressers. 6 But you shall be named the priests of Yahweh; men shall call you the ministers of our God: you shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in their glory shall you boast yourselves. 7 Instead of your shame you shall have double; and instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be to them.

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Living In A Simple Uncomplicated Truth

living in a simple uncomplicated truthThis is the season where “giving thanks” is on everyone’s mind. But, as I was contemplating Thanksgiving I thought, “Isn’t this the simple and uncomplicated truth we are to live in every day?”

Isn’t this to be our daily reality?

I’m not talking about standing on street corners, making loud and boisterous noises for others to notice and applaud, saying, “Here I am. Come and LOOK and SEE how thankful I am.”

No.

I am talking about a much deeper inner reality.

Let me explain.

First, when I think about what Jesus Christ has done for me; what He has accomplished on my behalf, and given to me simply because HE LOVES ME? It fills my heart with gratitude, and the inner words that flow from that inner understanding, are like a continual and quiet flowing stream of thanksgiving.

When I look around at all that God the Father has created for me to enjoy; to gaze upon in simple wonder?

When I remember that He “saw me” in eternal ages past, knew who I would be, what I would do, how I would fail Him, and yet He chose me anyway, and said, “This one will one day be Mine and will belong to Me forever.”

When I think of Him sending His only Son, to sacrifice on a cross, to lay His perfect sinless life down for me?

Oh, the thanksgiving that flows from that place!

Then there is my Beloved Best Friend!

He is “The Alongside One” who is ALWAYS with me, will never desert me, no matter the outer calamity or inner failure. He is my Comforter. My Teacher of all Truth. He never lies to me. He never abuses me. He never betrays me.

He is Faithfulness itself, bequeathed to me, how could I receive all of that, and not be full of thanksgiving?

This is my simple inner reality.

living in a simple uncomplicated truthIt is as quietly constant as breathing is for my lungs when they nourish my body with oxygen.

Giving thanks, is the spiritual air I breathe.

It is not an outer show—done for impressing others—or myself?

It is living in this simple uncomplicated truth.

God created me—for Himself—and then chose me to be a child of His forever.

Jesus Christ saw me, for what I was, and still He loved me and chose to die for me; to redeem my life from the clutches of the enemy.

All this was done so that The Holy Spirit could come to me, to comfort me in every distress, to open Truth to me so He could teach me, and He will be constantly in me, with me, and upon me all the days of my life.

living in a simple uncomplicated truthKnowing all of this?

That this uncomplicated truth is not dependent on my moods, or my behavior, or what others think they know about me?

It is here I live in a quiet inner reality.

Here my spirit is breathing in hope, and breathing out thanksgiving.