Remember (published in Nov ’12 Shoreline Church Enewsletter)

Shoreline Church in Austin, TX – Enewsletter.


Each year when Thanksgiving rolls around, I have no question about what our plans will be. You see, my mother in law, Barbara, is perhaps the best Thanksgiving meal preparer ever. She sets out bread days in advance, so that it will harden for her homemade stuffing, she mashes her own potatoes – and they are lumpless with just the right amount of butter, and then there’s the turkey, the sides, and the desserts… Let’s just say, she knows how to prepare an amazing Thanksgiving feast! I say every year, wherever she is, that is where we will be!

As much as I look forward to that wonderful meal each year, and the time with the family that gathers to share it; I equally love the focus of Thanksgiving. We all know it’s a holiday that stands for more than what we eat, or what football game we gather around the TV to watch after… Thanksgiving is about remembering all God has done for us in the past, all he has blessed us with in the present, and all we have to look forward to in the future.

Thinking back to my mother in law’s bountiful meal; imagine with me, if you will, her coming over to my spot at the table to fill my cup. Imagine the beverage being poured past the full point, to the very brim, and then imagine her continuing to pour until the liquid flows down the sides of the glass, onto the table, down the tablecloth, and onto the floor… You could say I would have more than enough; my cup would be running over.

While that would not make much sense at the dinner table, it does apply to the way God blesses us in our lives. Psalm 23:5b (NLT) says, “…My cup overflows with blessings.” That’s the kind of God we serve; a God who pours more than enough into our lives, more than we can contain, more than we can hold, more than we can imagine.

This Thanksgiving, I would like to encourage you to remember God’s abundant goodness – past, present and future; in your life personally, in the relationships He has blessed you with, through His love poured out on the cross, and in His call on your life to carry that love to the world! We truly have much to be thankful for. Our cups overflow with blessings!

For reflection: Read Psalm 23:1-6, and list out all the ways these verses remind you of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Then say a prayer of thanks to God, for the ways he has abundantly provided for you in each of these areas, through out your life.

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