For what and to whom we are Thankful


As tradition would have it, today we spend time thinking about what we’re thankful for. We probably could use a bit more thinking about to whom we are thankful. But to get back to first question, I have an answer inspired our readings.

Both Kings and Chronicles include a story when the people find the law of God that had been lost. Can you imagine what we would do today if our Bible either didn’t exist or had been lost generations ago? We have such a source for thanksgiving bound in this book that we take for granted. We have good news to share. We have reason for hope. We read of our past and our future.

We may not read it as we should, but even for those who never read it, there are few who have not experienced the effects of the Bible in their own lives. God could have left us with a lot of questions, but he has blessed us with knowledge of himself, especially revealed in the witness of Jesus Christ. For this I am thankful.

Looking ahead to our goal, especially in tough times

How is it finishing our History Blitz? So far it is hard.

I have driven halfway down the east coast which hasn’t afforded me much reading time, and when I have had the chance, other things have come up. I’ve seen grandparents and visited quite a bit with them and of course I wouldn’t want to limit that time that is increasingly rare to go off and read. My kids have been sick, which is just another drain on time and energy.

I have excuses. But, I have had chances before bed and didn’t have my priorities then. When my wife took some turns to drive, I could’ve then, too. I have excuses, but they are not quite good enough. Perhaps I don’t have the same time I do other weeks, but there is still time, nonetheless. This is no easy task, but few things of great worth often are.

It is hard, but I am excited to keep working hard reading and spending time with God in his word. I am looking ahead toward the goal of having all of the Bible read by the end of the year. It is especially especially in challenging times that I need to be reminded of the “why” and keep focused on our purpose. We know God will bless us through the reading of his word and we will be all the more equipped to follow him and serve his will in the world.