I can remember...
the Thanksgiving I felt I had nothing to bethankful for.My Uncle Billy had just been buried after being killed in the World Trade Center attacksagainst the United States, my boyfriend wasundergoing chemotherapy for a tumor the sizeof a rock and every possible morsel of gratefulness I once had was gone.Sitting in a cancer ward where children aresicker than they ever should be will do that toa person.Burying a loved one will do that to a person.Coming to terms with the fact that this place isnothing more than temporary tissue paperwill do that to a person.The Lord has taught me so much since then.He has taught me that in the face of adversityand pain and brokenness and loss there issomething that stands.That remains.That is beautiful still.“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdomthat cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, andso worship God acceptably with reverenceand awe, for our “God is a consuming ﬁre”.
Hebrews 12: 28-29)
I don’t know what you face this month. I don’tknow what losses you’ve been hit with , whatpains you carry.Perhaps, this year, you ﬁnd yourself facedwith a horrible diagnosis, as my family.Or perhaps your husband lost his job.Or your ﬁance called off the wedding.Maybe this holiday, this time of Thanksgiving,you ﬁnd yourself unable to ﬁnd anything to be thankful for.I want to encourage you to take a good look atthe very Father who calls you His child.We have an unshakable kingdom! We are heirsto that which does not fail, falter or fade.We are children of the Most High who notonly is worthy of our worship but desires it!Let this be a time of intentional worship forus. Let this be a month where we, no matterwhat we face, get on our knees in a posture of worship before the King of Kings and thank Him for who He is.Not for the iPods we listen to or the cars wedrive but for His all encompassing love.For what He gave so that we could have theassurance that no matter what happens here,amongst all this temporal stuff, we have aneternal kingdom the stands forevermore.Enjoy our magazine this month. It is brimming with praise for the One who He is,who was and who is to come.Death could not hold Him. I promise you,neither will whatever you are faced with.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worshipGod acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming ﬁre."Hebrews 12: 28-29, NIV
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