Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving Week

Current Events—little or nothing in the morning news for which to be thankful.

Colorado LBGQ+ night clubs shooting leaves five dead

Deadly earthquake strikes Java, Indonesia

Obama to campaign for Warnock before runoff

Teams nix World Cup anti-discrimination armbands

US pushes defense ties with Indonesia

Kazakh president wins new term

Reality TV couple the Chrisleys to be sentenced

UN climate boss settles for no cuts on emissions

Buffalo suspect’s hearing adjourned Monday

Five migrants dead after boat capsizes near Florida

Bob Iger returns as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

This is how much FTX is said to owe creditors

Irving rejoins Nets, apologizes for hurt caused

But God!

The headlines on the day that God called Noah read, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was altogether evil all the time (Gen 6:5) …. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (8).

There are at least thirty-one times these words occur in Scripture—but God. Perhaps the most significant comes in Acts 3:15, “you killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead.”

Message to My Students

When I designed my fall course schedule, I decided not to have classes on Tuesday night before Thanksgiving. So, on Monday, I sent an email to my classes with the following assignment.

Class, remember, we do not have classes on Tuesday. But here is an assignment. Jot down a list of the five most important things you are thankful for in 2022. Then put those five things on 3×5 cards and pass them out to your family gathering on Thanksgiving Day. One student responded within minutes, “Thank you. I love the assignment!”

If you are reading this, Thanksgiving was yesterday. If you like the assignment, consider making that list and passing them out at Sunday dinner. Giving thanks and asking others to join you is appropriate every day. Remember that phrase, and God is good all the time!

My Top Five

Here are my top five thanks-generating things for 2022.

  • God has granted us good health
  • God has granted us continuing venues to engage in ministry
  • My encourager, my companion, my loving wife—we celebrated our 60th this year
  • My children and my grandchildren are walking with the Lord, including our newest addition, Emily, wife-to-be of Myles, in January.
  • For dozens of faithful friends who periodically affirm their prayer commitment for us and our ministries.

My prayer

Thank you, gracious Father, for your extended grace. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for dying in my place. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for regenerating my soul and taking up abode in my being. Thank you, Triune God, for giving purpose and meaning to my life and my sweet wife to engage in this journey together—bring to each other the holy joy of companionship in Jesus. Amen.

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