For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord,
thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~
Thanksgiving and Christmas have different meanings for each one of us. For some of us these days are times of rejoicing, for others these holidays bring grieving, sometimes despair.
There are several in my circle of friends who will be, for the first time, spending these holidays without loved ones. Please pray for and bless those in your circle of friends and family who may be missing loved ones.
For my family, November 25th marks the day our mom when home to Jesus. And though it happened 18 years ago, that day remains etched in our minds and hearts. How we deal with the tragedies in our lives has affected how we feel during this season. For some of us it brings sorrow; for others it is comforting to know that she, dad, and our brother are home with our Lord and we will meet again. This is a hope that does not disappoint.
Paul writes in Romans 5:5, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
For this hope and for everything that our Lord Jesus Christ has brought into our lives, we say, “Thank You, Lord.”
Heavenly Father, how wonderful it is to know that You loved us so much that You gave Your “only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
In this holiday season of giving thanks and celebrating the birth of Your Son, help us to remember the future and the hope that we have because of Him—and to be the fragrance of Jesus to all we meet.
Thank You, Father; thank You, Jesus; and thank You, Holy Spirit for loving us as no one else can, for abiding in us, and for helping us to share the future and hope we have in You with others. Amen.