Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Let Us Have. . .

Thanksgiving Turkey
 (Photo credit: ccho)
On Thanksgiving Day each member of our family is allowed to choose a dish they would like that day.  That being said, our menu doesn't vary much because everyone always wants the same thing.  But if they wanted something different, all they'd have to do is ask.

Our Thanksgiving menu turns out to be a pretty standard Thanksgiving Day meal considering the menu is open for requests.  The one unusual item is more of a tradition than a request.  Each year, while we are thanking the Lord for His amazing blessings to us, our rolls burn.  We could blame that on the fact that we allow the preacher at the table to say the blessing, but we each suspect it is actually more because there is one person who prefers their rolls rather well-done.  That's all I'm going to say about the roll situation except that almost each year they turn out a good deal too dark.

Our "table" that the Lord sets for us is much like our Thanksgiving Day meal.  He has allowed us to make choices in our lives and then He works those choices into His plans for our best.  He could have made it so that we had no choice, but He didn't. 

He could have also make it so that we had to work and toil and strive for our salvation, but He didn't.  Instead He gave us a free gift of grace that we only need to receive by faith.  As the writer of Hebrews penned, "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:"(Hebrews 12:28.)  So "let us have grace. . ." to begin our life with Him and to continue the wonderful blessing of a walk with the Lord Jesus.

"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift."
2 Corinthians 9:15

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