"Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever."
As Christians we are thankful to God at all times. We receive his blessings every day; food, clothing, shelter. God grants us gifts for good citizenship and government to maintain order. Beyond civic considerations, God grants spiritual blessings, notably his acceptance of us as his children and heirs of eternal life.
The greatest basis for our thankfulness is God's giving of himself to us. He is our Highest God, the fount and source of all goodness, past, present, and future.
We have three good reasons to be thankful to God. First, God, for Jesus's sake, grants us pardon for the past. We need not worry about our past sins. What is past is not only past, it is also forgiven. In true repentance, we can lay all our sins on Jesus, the sin-bearer, who carried them all to the cross and left them there.
Second, God is good because he imparts power for the present. God's power is mediated and perfected in us through the gospel, enabling us to meet the spiritual challenges of today.
Scripture assures us that we are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. God's power makes solid rocks of those who by nature are like reeds shaken by the wind.
Third, God promises to be with us always, "to the very end of the age." God's promise of forgiveness and his sustaining grace, mediated through his word and sacraments are "for you and your children" (acts 2:39) as Peter declared in his Pentecost sermon.
God we ask that you set our souls on fire, and keep us burning brightly for thee. May we always be thankful for the victory that your give us over our transgressions.
Randy Morris, Minister