22003 Finding God in the mysteries of every day
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Genesis 3:17 “Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
The dark and tragic backdrop of Thanksgiving is to be found in these verses (and others) which describe the fallen state of man and his ongoing conflict with what God has created. Romans 8:22 reminds us that all creation is groaning waiting for its fulfillment. That under these circumstances, some, most fortunate in this sad world, take a day out to celebrate the goodness and kindness of a merciful loving God is somewhat amazing. But, what about all the others?
Recall, if you will the words Paul wrote to that same group of Roman Christians as they debated the supremacy of one group over the other. Romans 1: 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Christian, what are you thankful for this season? Most of all we should be thankful for the love of God made real for us in the person of His only son Jesus.
Thank You for the cross Lord
Thank You for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came and gave amazing grace
Thank You for this love Lord
Thank You for the nail-pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know Your forgiveness and embrace
Darlene Zschech © 2000 Wondrous Worship (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)