Thanksgiving. What should we be thankful for?
The Bible gives us examples of people who thanked God.
This week we will look at several of them.
Mary, Mother of Jesus
Finding out she was pregnant with the Savior of the world wasn’t the easiest news to swallow and the aftermath took some faith. But Mary, the young girl chosen to carry the baby Jesus, would exemplify great praise.
While visiting with Elizabeth, who was carrying John the Baptist at the same time Mary was pregnant with Jesus, the young girl had a moment of exclamation. It’s called the Magnificent and it’s found in Luke 1.
Mary’s heart was full of praise and it out poured into the world. A young girl filled with immense thanks knew exactly where her praise was to be directed.
Do you know where to direct your praise today? What are you carrying that at first might have seemed a bit fearful but you can now be thankful for?
“And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever.” (Luke 1:26-55)
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001