A Day of Thanks

Just popping in to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We had a full day of worship, family time, good food (really good food) and giving thanks for all of it.

admiring the fall display at church this morning

 

I leave you today with a quote from my Commonplace Book…

…at the age of forty-something, I could finally accept that the only truly undeserved gift in life is that of God’s grace – a gift that, to me, meant freedom – freedom from religious rules and expectations, freedom to love, freedom from chains, freedom to move within boundaries, freedom to live beautifully, dream passionately, and grow your soul.  The conclusion of the matter being: Christianity was far different from the chimera my fears had made her out to be.  And maybe, just maybe, now that I wasn’t expected to be perfect, maybe…I could actually be a bit good.

The moment of truth had arrived.

My quest for faith culminated with an acceptance of grace.  But even grace has a cost.  It asked that I leave all else behind.

from “Escaping the Smoke and Rain – Moving Through and Beyond the Jehovah’s Witness Community” by my friend Shauna May

 

It’s her beautiful yet heart-wrenching story.  It gripped me, and I couldn’t put the book down.  I love stories.  I love true stories, stories that reveal how God works in people’s lives to draw them to Himself.  

This Thanksgiving I am particularly in awe of my Heavenly Father’s grace and revelling in the freedom Jesus came to bring us!  Thank You, Lord!

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:19-20)

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