Grimm's Musings: A Faith-Filled Thanksgiving
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Thanksgiving Day creates mental pictures for us all. Your picture may be a dreaded day of crowding around the table with some weird relatives or the joy of having crazy friends who feel like family. It could be you're picturing yourself slouched in an easy chair, stuffed from the feast as The Game is on a 90 inch perfect clarity flatscreen TV with wireless BOSE surround sound that feels like you're there...while nobody bothers you during this sacred time. Maybe you took today as a blessing from God as you reminisce about hard times, good time, family and friends present and gone as a warmth wells up within you. Regardless of your mental picture, I hope you'll take a purposeful moment and verbalize something(s) for which you are THANKFUL.
Holidays, like today, reminds me of who has been in my life and now gone. This isn't a crushing saddened thing though I do miss them terrible as I can see them in my mind's eye. Honestly, this makes me smile even with a tear or two. You see, I have a rich spiritual heritage, not like God somehow has grandchildren of faith but my heritage emphasized an up-to-date, moment-by-moment, personal relationship with God, The Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ, His Son, our Savior.
So, you see, this leads me to think about all who has gone ahead of me. While I may shed a tear I also remember Jesus saying, "...I go to prepare a place for you..." John 14:1-3.
Yet, amid my own thanksgiving I wonder what it will be like. The following came to me not long ago
(*...I stood in Heaven among the countless masses along Glory Avenue as we joined in shouts of Hallelujahs and Praises filling the New Jerusalem as the King of Kings & Lord of Lords passed. We took our crowns and willingly and joyfully cast them at His feet. I began to weep as I realized that my crown was embarrassingly small, frail and thin as I stood next to martyrs, those of generations who had lived before my time and endured hardships while remaining faithful. I wept for I, in my 21 Century faith walk, had it so easy compared to theirs.
Yes, I made it by GRACE but when I but for a moment looked into His eyes as He passed, no rebuke but the reality of what He had done as The Savior caused me to convulse with sobs of grief. Yet, He wiped away my every tear as He said, "I did it all for you"
RE: 1 Corinthians 3:10-15*) hrg