Yes, you read that title right. And we know that it’s not Thanksgiving and it’s not November, that special month set aside to give thanks in the blogosphere!! But it’s the third Thursday of the month and the day that we set aside back in November to intentionally focus on giving thanks either on facebook or here. But truly giving thanks should be the daily practice of the believer and I fall short at times focusing on what I shouldn’t rather than on what or rather on Whom I should. We have so much to be thankful for. Every morning, we awake to a brand new day. Aren’t you thankful that His mercies are new every day? I am! And if we don’t awake, we know that absent from the body means present with the Lord. We can be thankful for that also! Everything we need He has provided. Thank you Lord! Every trial we face He has allowed for His glory and our good. Thank you Lord! Sometimes a bit harder to say that, isn’t it? But we can choose to give thanks despite the circumstances of life and that is His will for us in Christ Jesus.
In 10 days of so, we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. And as I thought about this ‘thankful Thursday’ and our remembrance of His death, burial and resurrection, I am so very thankful for His forgiveness. I need it. Desperately.
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness, that You may be feared. For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is plentiful redemption. (Psalm 130:3,4,7)
As I’ve pondered the forgiveness that the Lord has given me, I see Jesus. Without His death on the cross, the forgiveness that is available to you and me wouldn’t be. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (Hebrews 9:22) I am so thankful to Jesus for choosing to empty Himself and take the form of a servant and then humbling Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:7-8) I am thankful that we stand forgiven at the cross.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3)