There was a time when it was required that we gave blood sacrifices for our sins. The sacrifices had to be unblemished and pure. Then there came a time when God, in His infinite love for us, made a way for us to be forgiven without having to give sacrifices. God chose Mary, a virgin of pure heart and love for God to birth a child, Jesus, to become our blood sacrifice.
The true gift of Christmas is the gift God gave to us when he sent his son to die as a sacrifice for our sins, thus giving us a path away from hell and toward Heaven.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
--Proverbs 27:6 (King James)
Gracious Lord, fill my life with the spirit of love and sacrifice. I bless you for the deep fellowships and tender intimacies; and on the eve of this Christmas ask your blessing for all, as my heart rings with joy for those whom I love. Amen.
Title: Mary Did You Know
By: Buddy Greene, Mark Lowry
CCLI Song #: 839225
Copyrights: 1991, 1993 Rufus Music, Word Music, LLC
I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame.
--Job 29:15 Revised Standard
Almighty God, you guide me in the direction where I may choose a useful life; open wide my heart as well as my eyes, that I may early see my work and be diligent in its prosecution. Reveal to me, when I may have failed, that I may do better tomorrow. Amen.
Today's Uplifting Song:
Written by: Amy Grant, Beverly Darnall, and Tommy Simms
CCLI #: 1608730
Copyrights: 1994 Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing
Age To Age Music, Inc. Riverstone Music, Inc. Annie Merle Music Remaining portion is unaffiliated
In the days of the Pilgrims who first settled here in America, Thanksgiving Day was a time when the colony would celebrate the harvest and other blessings they received in the past year.
Today, we get together with our family and friends and we celebrate the love we have for each other. We stop and pause for a day to celebrate the blessings we received throughout the year.
I look at the many blessings I have and even though it feels like I am the one who pulls it all together and makes things happen, deep down, I know that my blessings come from my heavenly Father, God.
Right now I am reminded of James 1:17 which says,
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
Thanksgiving Then and Now
There was a time when families lived close together and each year, Thanksgiving Day was a time when everyone came together to spend time to celebrate their blessings together. Over time, families moved apart from each other and each segment of the family developed their own individual rituals and time of celebration with the people who were close to where they lived. Thanksgiving Day celebration now includes family, friends, and co-workers who people feel a close connection to.
This year, my husband and I are empty nesters. Our children are grown and we have given our children the liberty of developing their own ritual for celebrating Thanksgiving Day. This year, our family is dispersed across the states, doing their own individual Thanksgiving celebration with their family and friends. It is the same with our friends who are also empty nesters. So, we decided we would get together and enjoy our own Thanksgiving celebration with each other. We will enjoy each other’s company as we prepare this year’s Thanksgiving meal.
Traditional Thanksgiving Menu
This year, my friends and I will prepare a feast that represents a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. According to Food Network, the classic Thanksgiving menu consists of the following foods:
Our menu consists of:
To you all, I wish for you to have a great Thanksgiving Day. I pray that your day is filled with love and an abundance of happiness. I am grateful for family and friends and I am happy that God placed you in my life.
History of Thanksgiving Resource:
Silverman, David J. Thanksgiving Day: Holiday. August 03, 2018. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. Website URL: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Thanksgiving-Day. Access Date: November 20, 2018.
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