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Leftovers

“[A]nd they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets” (Matt 14:20).

“And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full” (Matt 15:37). 

Jesus fed multitudes at least twice during His ministry. Once he fed over five thousand; on another occasion, he fed over four thousand. Each time, as the verses above tell us, the disciples saved the left overs. Thanksgiving is a wonderful feast of gratitude for all our blessings. We usually prepare so much food that we eat leftovers for several days. Often, those who eat their meal earlier, have leftovers that evening. Here in American, people in general, discard more food than most people in the world have to eat. We ought to be extremely thankful, and it should overflow into helping those who are less fortunate. And we usually do a good job.


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To be Blessed

“Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written therein: for the time is at hand” (Revelation 1:3). 

This week families will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It is a time of togetherness, feasting, visiting, and hopefully, love. Some send cards wishing their family and friends blessings. I received a card with the word “blessed” on its front Vine’s says the word “blessed” used in Revelation can mean “the nature of that which is the highest good.” It is found seven times in Revelation. In each of these passages, God is telling Christians to do something that will benefit them in eternity. The passages in Revelation are likened to the beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew 5. 

Every Thanksgiving we stop to count our many blessings, especially our material gifts from God. Let us also ponder our many spiritual blessings found in Christ, the things God has given us that count for the highest good. God has always wanted His people to thank Him for His blessings. The prophet Isaiah says, “And in that day you will say, ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted'” (12:4). Paul says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17). 

May we give thanks to God always, not just on Thanksgiving Day. 

Hymn: “Give Thanks” 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You have given us so many blessings that we can’t count them. May we never cease to give You thanks. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Donna Wittlif, Denver, Colorado

donnarichmond93455@yahoo.com
www.donnarwittlif.com


Family

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household” (Ephesians 2:19).
What does family mean to you? We live in a culture that seems to produce more dysfunctional families then functional families. In addition, physical families are scattered to the four corners. It almost feels that family is not important. In the beginning God established the family unit when He created male and female and told them to have children. Jesus taught us to think of God as our Father. The Spirit tells us that we may call God “Abba! Father!” because we are the children of God (Romans 8:12-17). “Abba” is a term that only the family members of a household could call the patriarch of the family. Servants and slaves, while members of the household, could not use “Abba” when referring to the master.

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