KNOWING ABOUT THANKFULNESS
675 words – Mary LaClair
Happiness is seeing the stars and knowing Who to thank. In the wee hours before dawn during the meteor shower of 9/18/01, the very magnitude of the heavens made me realize once again the very magnitude of our Creator! I am glad I knew Who to thank.
Like lovers apart looking at the same moon, the awesome realization that people all over were seeing the same stars in the same heavens mesmerized me.
The Scriptures tell us that the returning of the Lord will be seen by all peoples. The whole world will see Him at His coming. I was suddenly electrified with the realization that it would not be the way the world saw the imploding of a World Trade Center tower – through television; but that it would be the way I was watching the actual meteor shower with the rest of the world that morning.
I thrilled at the mind’s eye picture of the Lord standing with His feet on the horizon, in full color, His face appearing in the places where meteors travel, and His body filling the heavens!
Would we float up to Him on lofty rays of light radiating from His hands?
Are you watching for His return?
Ever notice when you smile at someone they inevitably smile back at you?
When was the last time you smiled at God?
When was the last time you remember us as a Nation smile at God?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address, July 2, 1932 said,
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…We face arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of national unity; with the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious moral values… In this dedication of a nation we humbly ask the blessing of God. May He protect each and every one of us! May He guide me in the days to come.” FDR
Now that we have the warm courage of National unity, have we yet ‘consciously sought old and precious moral values’ as F.D.R. and others state, or do we still consciously seek to erase them by calling them intolerant and unconstitutional? Many strive for a clear conscience; yet see where F.D.R. tells us one is to be found?
Historical papers (Proposed First Amendment from the Virginia Ratifying Convention June 27, 1788) actually openly acknowledge and state:
“That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it…”
Have we lost hold of the concept that we may actually have a duty to our Creator? …and a responsibility to discharge it in proper order?
Do you know for sure whether the Lord will be smiling back at you when He returns?
Are you smiling at Him?
This thanksgiving season, let us have a renewed idea of those things for which we owe Him thanksgiving; if our conscience whispers we may be just a little off track; let the survivors of the Attack on America remind us. They were suddenly thankful for their spouses, their children, their neighbors. They were reminded that relationships were suddenly more important than things.
“Heavenly Father, we thank you for showing us the value in each of our relationships, both old, present and yet to come. We ask you to fill voids where relationships may be missing; in ourselves and others fill them first with a fresh knowledge of Yourself through a personal relationship with You, then may you add the human element; so keeping all relationships in proper order. May we live by the Golden Rule treating others the way we wish to be treated ourselves. May we see our family and friends in a fresh and valued way and know Who to thank. Help us to learn from our mistakes and set our feet on straight paths. Thank you magnificent Father!”
“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool:”
“Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: “
“Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: “ KJV