• Jason Wade


1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

2 Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

3 Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his[a];

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100

This is truly one of my favorite weeks of the year. I know that it is crazy to think just how fast this year has gone, but during this time I have the ability to stop and reflect. Have you been able to pause and breathe and reflect over the last 10 months? Will you this week get the opportunity to truly take a moment and rest and think through the many blessings that God has lavished on us all. I mean, regardless of how the world continues to let us down, we have a CREATOR that truly continues to lift us up and surround us with a life that is meant to be lived more abundantly. Crazy how that may seem in the midst of so much unrest around the world, but I am truly thankful to spend another day taking the time to truly celebrate family friends, loved one, and even strangers. Each person that God has placed into my life up until this point has truly given me a blessing beyond what I deserve. And so today I began the week of thankfulness.

In doing so I want to let you know what Thanksgiving truly means to me. Thanksgiving is the time that I take a look at what God has done in and around my life. I recognize that my first world struggles don't really compare to the fights and loss that continue to happen all around the world. I look at the fact that I am blessed beyond what I deserve and I try to truly live a life of gratitude. God has given me so much with family, shelter, food, clothing, and the list could go on and on for my physical needs. But God has also stretched me even more in

my personal spiritual journey. I have hit more roadblocks in the last year of ministry than I have every experienced throughout my, almost 30 years, of serving in ministry. I have been able to see how God is preparing the next steps of my journey and helping me to see the doors that remain open and the doors that truly need to be shut. I know that there are always battles when we fight to keep those doors open, but I am thankful for a God that knows me better than I know myself and after this year I truly am humbled and blessed. As far as with my family, we as like many, have experienced the roller coaster of emotions that has touched so many. We have had joys with new beginnings and devastation in loss of loved ones. We know that there will be some empty seats around the table as life journeys have changed, but the ones who remain we continue to keep a warm place in our hearts. As we walk through each day, I am blessed to see my girls, wife and dog continue to give me great joy in life, even when I seem to be frustrated beyond measure. They are the rocks I turn to because of great blessing of my family. Friends have come and gone throughout my years, but there are always those, who no matter how long the last connection has been, we seem to pick back up right where we left off. Other friends who truly bless our family even more than we could bless them. Thanksgiving is truly the time to be full of thanksgiving and a time to fully thank GOD for the many blessings.

As we look at the verse for today, I just want to allow it to settle into your soul. I want each of us to take the words to heart and recognize the power of what they mean. In this time of Thanksgiving, let us truly shout for joy and proclaim the mighty name of Jesus. Help us to worship the Lord because we know He is LORD over all. May we enter each day with the understanding that God has given us Christ as KING and LORD over all and we can continually celebrate the power of His name. God has expressed His love for us in so many different ways, but the greatest is through the love and sacrifice of Christ. We cannot repay that gift, but we can be thankful that this payment of our debt allows us the opportunity to spend eternity thankfully giving praise to the ONE who so deserves it. I hope that you will take this scripture to heart today and really allow it to soak in as we quickly approach Thanksgiving this week and the Advent season. GOD's love endures forever and so should your love for others as well. We have been given the greatest example of love and we need to be willing to shout and profess it to the world every chance that we get.

So today, we begin a 5 day journey together of thankfulness. I pray that you will take the opportunity not only mentally say thank you, but to physically reach out to those who have impacted your life or that continue to offer you encouragement. They are a representation of

God's true love that will endure throughout all generations. In doing so, we also play a part in sharing this thankfulness to others that we meet. It is not about the gifts or the money, it is just in our presence, patience and care that we are able to express the true love of God to the world. I am thankful for everyone who has ever poured into my life and the lives of my family. I just hope and pray that I am able to return the act of kindness or pass it on to others that God places in my path. It is more than words and actions. It is the humility in which Christ gave of HIMSELF that we are called to emulate and live out. May you take every second of this week and be thankful that you have that time. Don't get bogged down in the chaos, but truly step out in humility and thank God for where we all are today.

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