Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations. (Ps 100 KJV)
Once again at the time of this writing we are approaching Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays. As usual I look back on the year with a tremendous sense of gratitude to my Lord Jesus Christ, Father God and the Holy Spirit. What is it I’m so grateful for? All the usual things of course including but not limited to great kids, jobs, health, finances, a wonderful home, a fantastic church family, rewarding ministry involvement and a truck that is paid for. Some of these things are superficial and all are dependent on circumstances. I know that all of these things can vanish at any time if it is God’s will.
I am most grateful for and humbled by the fact that Jesus loves me and died for me in payment for my sins insuring my eternal relationship with him in heaven. Until then, my gratitude for all of the small and large gifts from God on a day-to-day basis are cherished and verbalized to him every day of the year.
Mike Kermode, food bank director