THIS IS NO TIME FOR A MORATORIUM ON GIVING THANKS
ROMANS 1: 20 - 23
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JESUS CHRIST, our Master and our model, offered thanks to the
Father in extenuating circumstances. In the most unusual times
He paused to offer thanks to the Father.
On the eve of His execution, as He assembled with the disciples,
He took bread, broke it, and gave thanks. A similar acts was
followed regrading the cup.
When His dear friend Lazarus died He stood at the grave and,
weeping, expressed a prayer, which in essence expressed thanks
to the Father that His friend Lazarus had died in order that a
miracle might result.
If Jesus needed to pray so do we.
If Jesus gave thanks in awkward moments and threatening times so
should we - - - even after reading the news.
With there being wars and rumors of wars, an uncertain economy
(but, when wasn't the economy uncertain), a breakdown in the
family, crime rampant, and violence trickling down even into
middle schools some might propose we call a moratorium on
THANKSGIVING this year.
The societal mood of the moment seems to be "us verses them." We
grow to see only the bad and weak in others. We focus on
failures and mistakes - - - theirs not ours.
We end up feeling sorry for ourselves. We develop the matchless
capacity to overlook the good and strong in others. We grow to
feel we aren't getting all the happiness we deserve and
others are getting more than they deserve. We cultivate a
complex of "others owe me and I don't owe ...
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