Legacy of Thanks

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100 (NLT)

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. It was a good day for me. My husband and I had a wonderful dinner together. He was a wonderful help in the kitchen! Not the least was that he washed all the dishes! We watched movies, a bit of football, and even a game show. It was very restful.

Henry and I also read the lectionary texts for the day, which included this psalm. The last verse really had me thinking.

For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

I have three children. I have six grandchildren and another on the way. I would love to see my grandchildren grown and loving the LORD as I have seen my children do. But that may not happen. Most of us know that reality but when you have had a child precede you to heaven maybe it is not just a possibility.

What are the legacies that I leave behind? I hope that giving thanks is one of them. I want to show by my example that:

    • the LORD is good. If you make your relationship with God #1 then even when circumstances appear different than you thought or too much for you – you will trust Him to go through it with you.
    • the LORD loves you. Again, if your relationship with God is #1, then you know who God is. You know His character. You will know His love.
    • Silver and gold I may not leave you but I leave you the LORD. The LORD was the best single thing in my life and that was the best of me.

I am glad that the LORD isn’t done with me yet. I am glad that I have an opportunity every day to draw closer to God and allow Him to be more in my life and me to be less. I want to leave my children and grandchildren more!

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