Article by Pastor Lynda Mazzella
It’s a beautiful day to be thankful! Sitting on my deck (I didn’t build), surrounded by a lovely lawn, flowering shrubs and tall stately trees (I didn't plant), enjoying a cup of coffee (I didn't plant, pick or process), I'm reading my Bible openly (not fearing torture and imprisonment), there are no "bombs bursting in air ", I can hear carefree children playing next door and I am overwhelmed how very blessed I am.
I thank God for the people whose labors and ingenuity bless and enrich my life everyday, and remember, with undying gratitude, those heroic men and women who laid down their lives to protect every freedom I enjoy. I pray God's comfort for their grieving families. May their sacrifices never be taken for granted.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all lived our lives remembering the cost of our freedom with appreciation, striving to be worthy of such sacrifice by serving others and using our liberty to strengthen and bless this country and the values they died to protect?
But these Heroes answered the call to defend those who could not defend themselves, not considering whether or not they deserved or would appreciate their sacrifice.
That's what Jesus did for all people everywhere. He saw we could not help ourselves. We could not defend ourselves from the enemy of our souls who was out to destroy us. Before we acknowledged Him or did anything to deserve His love...
"...God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Romans 5:8
For this is how God loved the world. He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
He (God) is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son (Jesus) and forgave our sin. Ephesians 1:7
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. Romans 10:9,10
Our hearts should be overflowing with love and gratitude for God's amazing grace and mercy that made it possible for us to be forgiven and have a relationship with Him, and the promise of eternal life...all because of Jesus, our Savior.
And our gratitude should show by the way we live.