" For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. " Song of Solomon

November 25, 2009

Gratitude Attitude

Let me direct you to this blog post titled Bountiful at A Feast of Life for a beautiful and inspiring pre-Thanksgiving read. To whet your appetite, it begins with this quote:

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.

George Herbert
1593 - 1633

Truth isn't it, that God has no days when he spares his blessings. Much too often we need to be reminded of that fact. And the fact that God is good; He is good all the time.

In fact, he demonstrated His love toward us--toward all humankind...in that--while we were yet sinners--i.e. before we'd cleaned ourselves up--Christ--God's only begotten son--died for us, paying the penalty for our sin and giving us the gift of salvation which may freely be received by merely accepting it.

How to accept that which cannot be seen, cannot be touched, cannot even be fathomed? By faith it must be--faith, which is the substance and evidence of the thing we are hoping for that we cannot see.

Too often many blame God for the evil we find in this world. He did not create it. He created us, and it is we who perpetrate the evil deeds that befall us. So, I say, do not blame God for the evil and heartache and hurt in this world--it grieves Him as it does us. But he, though being a benevolent God, will not interfere because he has given us free will...the freedom to do as we choose. As well, we must suffer the consequences of those choices, cumulatively as well as individually. His love is freely given and it is up to each person to decide to receive it.

Will you receive God's love today?

Know this--even if you don't--even if you reject him with a vengeance, he still loves you and his offer of salvation remains to your dying breath.
"....there have been many times when I have shed bitter tears, when if I had understood the situation better, I would have celebrated my good luck instead."


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