What is it?
It’s the grateful bug! Tis the season for thanks-giving and, what a wonderful season that is. We must learn to live with an attitude of gratitude. Ann Voskamp taught us well when she wrote One Thousand Gifts. She encouraged us to keep grateful journals, and kept them, we did! Mine is well over the thousand mark and I keep counting because every single day there is something or someone to be grateful for.
This week I’ve been thankful for my new Bible. It’s a large print Grandmother’s Bible and I love it. It is BIG, not the book you take to church but it is perfectly suited for the end table next to your favorite, comfy chair for daily reading. I sat down Monday morning and opened it to John 17. My favorite chapter in the New Testament. It is the prayer of all prayers, where Jesus Christ Himself, prays for ME (and you, too)!
Here is the verse that jumped off the page:
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” John 17.20-21
“Through their message,” multiply that by generations, decades, and centuries and you get NOW. You get me, and you, and our children, and our children’s children, and on and on. What was THAT message? That Jesus is the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life. (John 14.6)
I was taught that message since conception. My mother believed it. My grandparents believed it. It is the legacy of Truth I am blessed with. Sure, I had my season of rebellion and doubt, but Truth always has a way of rising to the top. And, today, I am more than grateful for that ancient Truth. It is the bedrock of my life.
The world can quake and split – but THAT TRUTH will live on. God is so bold to say,
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40.8
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Matthew 24.35
But the word of the Lord endures forever. 1 Peter 1.25
What about you?