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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Reflection: With Thanksgiving


The United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week as the world grieves over terrorist attacks, hunger, disease, homelessness and much more. We are urged to take a moment to count our blessings with a thankful heart and mind.
For me, I will stop to survey the condition of my heart. Am I selfish, unforgiving, and full of hate towards others? Do I love my things more than God and others?
As Christians we must remember that we should not spew hate for others with the same mouth that we use to profess our love for God (James 3:9-10). Doing so corrupts our hearts and minds. 
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.
 
May God bless you (all) and keep you! May you keep your blessings in mind all year long.

Teresa

8 comments:

  1. I've been having a very hard time lately, esp. the past few weeks and it's really hard for me to find anything to be thankful for.

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  2. Hi Teresa - this is so good to read - we really must all reflect and help others all we can, while being grateful for what we have. Thanks and have a wonderful time .. Hilary

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  3. A very timely message. Thanks for this, Teresa.

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  4. Hate and love from the same mouth contradict each other.

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  5. Have to be grateful for what we have around us, as someone always has it worse

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  6. hi teresa- great post as usual. thanks for sharing it. i so appreciate your thoughts. i am thankful for so much, which includes your posts that always encourage and inspire me!!

    have a blessed sunday! xo

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  7. I saw a photo of two battered feet shod in make-shift shoes constructed of plastic liter bottles of coke -- it underscored my belief that most of those in the 3rd World would give their right arm to be in a day I considered bad.

    What we focus on becomes who we are. Hate is like taking rat poison and thinking the rat will die. Good post.

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  8. A beautiful message.

    I have never understood the word "hate"...such a strong, ugly word. I avoid using it and have taught my children and grandchildren...hope the world gets the message soon.

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