By Diane Virginia
During Thanksgiving at our home, we share around the table the ways God has blessed us. Perhaps your family does the same. The Pilgrims who established the first Thanksgiving faced severe trials. In their first Winter in America, nearly half of the one-hundred-two settlers died. Even so, they chose to give thanks to God, particularly for religious freedom. We have built on their foundation, for as Christians, we have Jesus Christ as our common bond.
Consider the trials our Lord faced, and yet, He decided to be positive. Even when He was facing imminent death through crucifixion, He gave thanks. Treasure these words from our suffering Savior…
“And he took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:27-28a KJV)
Although Jesus knew He was headed to the cross, He focused on giving—giving thanks to God, and giving the gift of life to those around Him by His shed blood. He chose to die, and in so doing, He gave us a reason to be thankful for the salvation He purchased for us.
Don’t permit the enemy to steal your joy! If Jesus could thank God for the privilege of dying on the cross to save humanity, we can give thanks in any situation we are in. How can we choose to give thanks while we are in the midst of the trials of life? We must hide ourselves in the safe bosom of our Savior’s presence. Jesus says to us,
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 KJV)
When Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, what did He do? First, He began by instructing them to petition God with a thankful heart of praise:
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (Matthew 6:9b KJV)
Let’s take time to thank God for the gifts that far exceed provision, or even family and friends. Let’s thank Him for these, but also for Jesus Christ’s willingness to give us eternal life, the safe haven of His divine love, and His everlasting presence as our constant guide. Thankfulness is a choice of our will, and a gift of the Spirit, so rejoice, and give thanks.
Copyright © 2018: All Rights Reserved: Vinewords Stories and Devotions Inspired by the Vine: Author Diane Virginia Cunio; Pen Name, Diane Virginia: Thanksgiving: A Common Bond: www.vinewords.net
Thanksgiving: A Common Bond is non-fiction.
Published: September 2019: Christian Broadcasting Network: Senior Producer Beth Patch: Internet Ministries Producer: (link to be added)
About the Author
Diane Virginia Cunio is the author of The Kiss of Peace: An Intimate Exploration into Song of Solomon and Behind the Veil: Becoming the Bride of Song of Solomon (both awaiting publication). She is passionate about sharing Beloved Jesus’ divine love for you, His bride, as allegorically portrayed in the vignette, Song of Solomon.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer-stations for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places you as Beloved’s bride travel to in Song of Solomon.
Diane is a regular contributor for Christian Broadcasting Network and Faith Beyond Fear. She has also written for HeartWings, Pentecostal Publishing House, The Secret Place, and other ministries.