All this and Christ too?


Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In all circumstances! This comes as a surprise when one considers the vicissitudes of human life. Sickness and health, poverty and wealth, joy and sorrow–are all ingredients of the cup placed to human lips–so all must come within the scope of thanksgiving.

Why be thankful for everything? Because God causes everything to work together for good to those who love Him.
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I have heard of a holy old woman in a cottage, who had nothing but a piece of bread and a little water; and lifting up her hands in thanks, she said, “What! all this, and Christ too?”
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Charles Dickens said that we are somewhat mixed up here in America. He told an audience that instead of having one Thanksgiving Day each year, we should have 364. “Use that one day just for complaining and griping,” he said. “Use the other 364 days to thank God each day for the many blessings He has showered upon you!”
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“Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of
your life.
Appreciate and never take for granted, all that God has given us.”

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Some years ago an old woman was put up at auction at a slave-market. She was distressed lest she might be sold to a cruel master. A godly man bought her and set her free at once. But she would not leave him who had set her free–and insisted upon going into his household and working for him.

Now when she could do what she pleased–she would not go anywhere but to him. She would say: “He saved me! He saved me!”

This is how we ought to feel toward Him who died for us and set us free.
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“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”
2 Corinthians 9:15

For Christ who came from Heaven above,
the cross and His redeeming love,
For His mighty power to seek and save,
His glorious triumph o’er the grave.

For the lovely mansions in the sky,
His blessed coming bye and bye–
I give Thee humble thanks.
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I wish we may all learn to be more thankful to our gracious Provider, and more sensible of His hand and goodness in every morsel of bread we eat. How soon could He starve us–and how justly have we deserved it!
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We shall have cause to be thankful for all our afflictions–if the Lord is pleased to employ them as means to make us more humble and broken-hearted, and to wean our hearts from this vain world.
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So long as we are receivers of divine mercy–we must be givers of thanks.
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“Let us be thankful!” Hebrews 12:28 all this and Christ too   ~  ~  ~  ~

“Overflowing with thankfulness!” Colossians 2:7
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