Rev Ray’s November 24, 2021 Devotion
November 24, 2021, 7:39 AM

“Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” Psalm 92:5

“It fills my heart with joy to know that God loves me so much that he wishes me to live always, and that he gives me everything that makes me happy—loving friends, a precious little sister, sweet flowers, and the warm sunshine, and best of all, a mind that can think and enjoy and a heart that can love and sympathize.” Those are the words that Helen Keller wrote to a preacher when she was a child. As you probably know, she had lost both her sight and hearing. What fills our hearts with joy?

How will we come into the presence of the Lord today? How often do we come with thanksgiving? When have we sung unto the Lord our song of praise? Singing in church is not the same thing if we are not so caught up in his presence that we lose all reason to complain about our dislikes. We cannot complain while being thankful.

Can you imagine what a difference that we could make all over the world if we Christians were as grateful as we are skilled at grumbling? That is the very sin that angered the Lord as he led the folks through the wilderness.

Today is the day before Thanksgiving. No, it is not the day before thanksgiving: Today is thanksgiving and each tomorrow will be Thanksgiving. We are summoned into his presence this and every morning. How will we come?

It was Emerson who said that “if the stars came out only once a year, everybody would stay up all night to behold them. We have seen the stars so often that we don’t bother to look at them anymore. We have grown accustomed to our blessings.” What if we suddenly lost them, how would we feel? What if we got them back again? Would we then be grateful for what we often take for granted?

“Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home;

Come to God’s own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.”

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

 
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