Each day I need to thank God for His strength in my life, calling upon Him as my great physician and asking Him to superintend my day’s activities, my heart, my tongue. I also should remember to thank God that His presence to guide me offers tangible proof of my daily need for direction and His kind willingness to lead. How aware am I of thanking God daily? Do I presume on grace? As the apostle Paul puts it, “May it never, never be.” So I will think more of thanking God in the present.
I also want to thank God for the future, captured in the youthfulness of Little Stuff as she stood by the duck pond on Saturday. Only in Jesus Christ can I offer
hope to her and to those God brings into my life this coming year. Whether princes and countries rise or fall, whether the economy rebounds or continues in a slump, whether I know pain or good health, the sovereign Lord holds all peoples and events in His gracious hands. How I thank Him for the assurance of the future.
As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I will endeavor to make the day one that focuses more on God than man. How? By casting a concentrated look at things present and future and thanking God for them.