MasterwebNews 26/11/15 - What does your "Thanksgiving list" look like?-Word of the Season by Dr. C. K. Ekeke

[ Masterweb Reports: Commentary By Dr. C. K. Ekeke ] - Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, His love endures forever.—Psalm 107:1. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. We also thank God for the blessings of freedom and prosperity; and, with gratitude and humility, we acknowledge the importance of faith in our lives.—President George W. Bush
 

Dear Friends:
Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful time to express gratitude and be thankful for all the bountiful blessings you enjoy. Showing gratitude and being thankful in all circumstances is a divine attitude.  Ingratitude is ungodly behavior.    Other attitudes such as envy, jealousy and greed are ungodly and satanic.
Here are a few things among many that I'm thankful for:
Life.  I’m so thankful to God for the gift of life. I’m thankful to the LORD for His unspeakable gift and bountiful blessings upon mankind (2 Corinthians 9:15).  I’m extremely thankful to God for His mercy, grace, forgiveness, redemption and salvation through His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16). 


Family. I’m immensely grateful for the good fortune to be surrounded by family that loves and supports me to be all that God has created me to be. A family that provides peaceful home that energizes and enables me to aspire and pursue life goals to be the man, husband, father, and dad that God has endowed me to be.


Friends.  I’m so grateful for the good fortune to be surrounded by friends –whose intellectual verve is a source of delight. I cherish deeply an environment that energies my thinking – books, art, music, culture, etc. things that help to stimulate, guard and protect my mind and creative spirit.  I treasure people that help me to be better, those who motivates, encourages and assists to unlock the potential that resides inside of me, those who mentors me, those who genuinely helps me to understand the reason for my existence and the purpose for which I was born into this world. 


Country.  I’m also deeply grateful to live in a nation that’s richly endowed with promises and opportunities of freedom, hope, and prosperity, pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. 


Work.  I’m super thankful to God to live in a country that offers me the tremendous opportunity to work, to use my intellect, to think, to be creative, to be innovative and to be productive with my mind, brain and hands.  For this, I’m immensely super grateful.
 

These things and many more make my heart to be overflowing with gratitude and thankfulness to God always.


What does your list look like?
 

Let us pray:  
Dear heavenly Father, as humanity mourn from the horrific shootings in U.S., and senseless massacres in Nigeria, France, Mali, and around the world, we lift-up the pains of nations, cities, communities and families that have been impacted by these atrocities. We ask that your peace and presence be strong among the bereaving families, that you knight our hearts together in love by your grace.  Root out fear, hate, anger, bitterness, envy and fill us with your love and compassion for one another. Move us into action, stir us into forgiveness that justice might be done according to your will and bring relief to the suffering and point us to the hope that exist in You even in the midst of this dark world.
 
 
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