Here’s wishing each of you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Enjoy the day of food, fun, and family. And maybe some football! ThePreachersWord is going to take a Thanksgiving break for the next couple of days. We will repeat two of our more popular posts from the past several months tomorrow and Friday.
Today’s “Thanksgiving” post is my application of the song, “Count your many blessings.” A fun way to do this is to take the alphabet and list some of them. Some are spiritual. Some physical. Some personal. And little things we take for granted.
America—My home. Not perfect, but a God blessed land of freedom, opportunity, & wealth.
Bible—God’s Word. It directs. Teaches. Reproves. And inspires. I can’t live without it.
Children—They encourage me. Write me notes. Draw funny pictures. God bless them.
Dads—We need good dads. I miss mine. Tell your Father today that you love him.
Ears—Without them what would hold my glasses up? God gave me two of them and only one mouth. I need to listen twice as much as I talk!
Fellowship—Our spiritual fellowship in the church Family. For members who care. For burdens that we bear. For the love we share. I’m grateful for my church family.
Grace—Thank God for grace. I sure need it. Without it I would be lost. And so would you.
Heaven—It’s where we are headed. It’s our Hope. Our destination. Our desire. Our longing. The place where we can be together forever.
Ice—It’s not good to drive on. But what would iced tea be without it? And home-made ice cream? You’ve gotta have ice!
Jesus—Can we ever thank Him enough? We need His example. His teaching. His love. His sin cleansing blood. Thank you, Jesus!
Kenny—That’s my son! He’s fun to be around. He loves God. Enjoys life. And has a tender heart. He’s got a good wife, too. Oh, he’s not perfect…kinda like his dad!
Lemonade—Fresh squeezed. Hmm, it’s good. Especially on a really hot day. I like it at Chick-Fil-A.
Mom—you know what I mean, don’t you? Always there. Always loving. Always supporting. “Her works praise her in the gates.” I miss my Mom.
Nature–Birds and Trees. Mountains and Valleys. Waterfalls and Rivers. Oceans and Seas. They give glory to God and bring pleasure to our lives.
Onion Rings—or an onion loaf, or onion strings or a blooming onion. Hot. Fresh. Crispy. I sure like ‘em.
Pardon—If I didn’t sin, I wouldn’t need it. But I have. And I do. Thank God He is still willing to pardon my iniquities and forgive my many sins.
Quiet Time—Like right now. No phone is ringing No radio is blaring. No horn is beeping. No TV is clamoring for my attention. The time to think. Reflect. Count my blessings.
Rache’l—She’s my daughter. She’s had some tough times. But I’m grateful for her strength. Her courage. Her faithfulness. And her husband Jared. Like her brother, a lot of fun! You’d like her!
Salvation—It’s a fearful thing to be lost. To be without God in your life. To have no hope. Thank God for salvation through Jesus Christ
Tomatoes—Some folks don’t like ‘‘em, but I do. I want tomatoes on my salad and on my sandwiches. And what would a BLT be without a tomato? I even like fried green tomatoes! Thanks, Lord!
Umbrellas— You can walk in the rain and not get wet. You sure need them in Florida. You should have several, because they are easy to lose.
Vision—The ability to see the beauty of God’’s creation. To read His Word. To see smiling faces. To watch a basketball game. To see my family.
Wife—Norma Jean’s mine. She’s been my constant and faithful & companion for 44 years. She’s shared my joys and consoled me in sorrow. She loves me. And I love her. And she’s the best preacher’s wife I know of!
Xrays—They reveal problems. Produce answers. And save lives.
Yellow—It’s my lucky color. At least that’s what a Chinese fortune cookie said.
Zeal—It’s what makes the Lord’s work thrive and flourish. I’m glad for enthusiastic people who minister and make a difference.
Well, that’s my list this year. What’s yours? Take some time and write down the ABC’s of your Thanksgiving.
—Ken Weliever, The Preacherman