and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the LORD is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.
"It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of
Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits,
and humbly to implore his protection and favors."
-- George Washington (Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789)
I am thankful to God for many things.
First and foremost, I am thankful to Him for loving us so much that He sent His Son into the world to bear the burden of sin for us and offer us salvation. It is the greatest, most precious gift we have ever and will ever receive. Through Jesus, we need not fear our own death or the deaths of our loved ones.
Second, I am thankful for my family. From my loving wife and precious children to my mother and siblings to my nephews, niece, uncles and aunts, and cousins to my in-laws to the family members who are no longer with us, they, all of them, are God's second greatest gift to me.
Third, I am thankful for my church. Our pastor is a wise and much-learned man who speaks the Word with authority and love, and the members are a close-knit family of God.
Fourth, I am thankful for my country. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Here, our God-given rights are protected by a document written by wise and God-fearing men 200 years ago.
Fifth and finally, I am thankful for our military personnel worldwide. Their courage, dedication, honor and selfless sacrifices are unbounded and unmatched.
These are the five most important things. I am thankful for many more things, but they would take forever to list.
So what are you thankful for?
[Note: this post is postdated to remain on top through Thanksgiving day.]