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Thanksgiving Reflections – 2012

This has been a rough year for me, and in the days leading up to Thanksgiving Day, I’ve been contemplating what exactly I am thankful for.  As some of you may know, my fiancé passed away February 5, and this whole year I’ve been struggling to find things for which I can be thankful.  But over

A painting of the original Thanksgiving feast held by the Pilgrims.

the course of this past week, and my Bible study yesterday morning, I believe I’ve found what I’m thankful for.

In Ephesians 1 verses 15 through 19, Paul goes through how he prays for the church at Ephesus.  I’m not sure why this text struck me in this way; I’ve read it so many times before.  But it did strike me differently. Here is the full text (HCSB):

This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.  I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.  And I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.

What is it that Paul is thankful for, and what does he pray for the Christians in Ephesus?  First, he is thankful for their faith.  You see, faith does not only affect the one who believes; when other Christians see faithfulness in another, it encourages them and uplifts them into a greater desire for faith.  Second, Paul is thankful for their love of the saints.  Christ commanded Christians to love one another (John 15:11-17).  Christians fulfilling this command have a supernatural effect on the brothers and sisters watching them.

Furthermore, Paul prays for two specific things for this church in Ephesus.  First, he prays that they may be given a “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”  This means that he wishes them to grow in the knowledge which they already possess and that further knowledge would be revealed to them.  Second, he prays that they may be enlightened in three ways.  He prays that they may know “the hope of His calling.”  This hope that Paul speaks of is the hope of the Gospel, the hope borne of salvation from sin and damnation.  He also prays that they may know “the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints.”  The Lord’s inheritance among the saints is glory.  Immeasurable, splendid, uncorrupted, beautiful, mighty glory.  Next, Paul says he prays that the Christians would know the “immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe.”  Surely you don’t need me to explain this to you.

So over this Thanksgiving, I’ve found what I am thankful for.  I am thankful that the Lord has not left me alone, but has put me among His flock, people after His own heart.  I’m thankful for the church.

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2 Comments on “Thanksgiving Reflections – 2012”

  1. doccochran November 22, 2012 at 4:31 PM #

    Reblogged this on Gregory C. Cochran and commented:
    Here is a post from a fine young man who is fighting for joy in the face of death. I thank God for him and for the way the Lord is breaking his heart and healing it at the same time.

  2. Steven Pugh November 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM #

    Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has come at last — salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth — the one who accuses them before our God day and night. And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! And you who live in the heavens, rejoice!

    —Revelation 12:10-12

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