Thankful For. . .
By Nick Harsh
Last week at our annual Soteria Thanksgiving Meal, there was a wall designated for our church family to share things they are thankful for. Here is a list of the things that were written.
SOTERIA IS THANKFUL FOR…
My husband and beautiful girls // Baby brother // Swim team // Iowa Hawkeyes // I am saved // Mom and Dad // The Bible // Food // Family and Baseball // Family, God, Food and friends // Friends, family and Jesus // Jesus on the cross // Family and Hugs // Church // That God came to save me and everyone // Gal pals // Salvation // Cute kids // For my brain // Legos // My son Buddy // Water // God and his sovereignty // My dog // Football, Broncos, turkey, and sports // My rabbit Nibbles // My job // My mommy // My friends // Animals // Jesus as our Savior // My teachers // The students that I get to share God with everyday // Pastor Mike // God’s grace // For the big turkey, they caught // For getting baptized // For horses // For my hands // My husband // Stuffed animals // Everything God has done.
This is a great list, but it is not a completed list. How could it be? Each of us could likely think of a hundred examples of God’s blessing each day. Or, consider the ways that God has blessed Soteria this year by allowing more people to believe the gospel, be baptized, and grow together in community. Each of these are good gifts from the hand of a gracious God. Indeed we serve a good God who gives good gifts to his children. James writes,
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will, he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
We have a lot to be thankful for this year. I hope that as you celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, you’ll give thanks for the big things and the small things. Both are from God and are a reminder of his unfailing love for us.
Happy Thanksgiving Soteria!