Happy Thanksgiving

The moon hangs high in the sky and I wait in great anticipation
 for the sun to rise.

Celebrating my 21st Thanksgiving is one of pure joy this year.

I know there are some 
that may be celebrating 
there first Thanksgiving this year
and for them it is a bittersweet thing.
Enjoying the freedom, but paying the price.
Lord turn this day into nothing but pure sweetness for them.

I know there are some 
who have in the past few days lost those most 
precious to their hearts.
 And today is that first holiday not spent with them.
Hurt. Sad. Confused.
Lord give them comfort right now in this moment.

I know there are some
who's families are broken and separated right now.
Trying to navigate their way through this day
with not an ounce of normalcy.
Lord may this be a day of restoration and forgiveness in those families.

I know there are some who have a diagnosis
that has determined this is there last Thanksgiving Day.
Lord may you turn this day into a supernatural miraculous day
where all pain is gone from their bodies and they can enjoy their families.

Yet in all of this, you are still LORD.
And I praise You and Thank You for who You are.
I know your heart aches for everyone of us.
You ache for each of us to come 
to know and grow 
in the grace and knowledge of who you truly are.*

You are the God who
makes good what was meant for evil.*

You are the God who
gives and promises 
a heavenly hope 
for all those who believe in you.*

You are the God
who can restore 
the things broken in our lives.*

You are the God
who heals still even today.*

Lord I am thankful because every word
 in your Word is for me today.

I am thankful for your words in Exodus 20:5-6.

5...You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. 
I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. 
But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands. (my emphasis added)

Lord it's your words that bring me joy in these seasons of life.
Although I am not able to share in any
Thanksgiving season with my birth family. 
I can rejoice in knowing that we as husband and wife 
have broken the generational curse in our family line!  
We have chosen to not follow, bow down to, or agree to an organization claiming to be 
"The One True Religion."
An organization that at the very core, is the very root as to why my family is the way it is.
An entire family affected precisely down to the third and fourth generations 
because of believing and continuing to believe a false religion originated by a false prophet.

Some years, like last I struggle.  
But You Lord, God
 pick me right back up again and place me right 
where I need to be in your loving arms of acceptance and grace.

I live in the moment everyday 
knowing that breaking that generational curse will be worth it because
You, Lord will lavish unfailing love 
for a thousand generations on those who love you, (and oh do I ever love you) 
and obey (I will, Lord no matter how hard) your commands.

I wait  in anticipation for the day my house is filled with my children's
children and Your love still lavishly flowing down. Your will be done.
Lord you are the one who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.*

Lord, I lift my hands and heart in praise to you today on this
Thanksgiving Day 2013.

* 2 Peter 3:18 ~ Genesis 50:20 ~ 
Colossians 1:5 ~ Jeremiah 32:27 ~ 
Psalm 30:2 ~ Psalm 147:3

today Lord I enter into your gates with 
thanksgiving and a thank offering and into your courts with praise!
I am thankful for you Lord.
I bless and affectionately praise your Magnificent name!
Lord you are so good, and your mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting.
 Lord your faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.*
Psalm 100:4,5

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