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Thankful to the End

“Be thankful. God has commanded it—for our good and for His glory. God’s command to be thankful is not the threatening demand of a tyrant. Rather, it is the invitation of a lifetime—the opportunity to draw near to Him at any moment of the day.” –Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Cay and I visited a dear old friend in his nineties who lived in a nursing home. We knew he was nearing death, and he knew it too. As we entered his room, he greeted us with his usual warm, engaging smile. And he proceeded to entertain us with stories about his wonderful nurses, the delicious food, his comfortable chair, and his neighborly roommate (who snored throughout our entire visit). As we left, he thanked us for coming and expressed his appreciation for our friendship. He died about two weeks later. During that final visit, he provided us with a marvelous example of the power of a thankful heart. His sincere gratitude for what he had allowed him to end his days with peace and joy and inspire those he encountered to live likewise. Paul reminded the Thessalonians of the importance of a grateful heart: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5:18) During this week of Thanksgiving (here in the USA), reflect on the many blessing we enjoy, and thank God for all he has provided. Certainly for turkey, family, and football, but especially for His Son and the ultimate gift He provides.

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