Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving?

Beyond the Pulpit

Pastor Becky Burke


Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving? Well, how many of you have your turkey already? It’s time we bring in the goodies and bake pies and make salads and all kinds of delicious concoctions. We look towards seeing either family or friends… Sometimes both…Sometimes we are simply grateful to be alive and count on Jesus to be “that friend that is closer than a brother”. As we think on the meaning of Thanksgiving, let’s make a list of all the big and the small things we are grateful for. Sometimes in the middle of a difficult time we need to remember any and all of the blessings that we can find. In Psalms 103, God gave us a list of benefits to be thankful for. These benefits were paid for by our precious Jesus on the cross of Calvary. When we see the Cross we think “salvation”, “saved”, “set free from sin”. And my, oh my, that is huge and if that were all there was to it, that would be enough. But there is so much more wrapped up in our salvation that is listed in Psalms 103 benefits of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ includes: (these are from the Passion Bible) VS.2 Yahweh, you are my soul’s celebration. How could I ever forget the miracles of kindness you’ve done for me? You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done. You healed me inside and out from every disease. You’ve rescued me from hell and saved my life. You crowned me with love and mercy. You satisfy my every desire with good things. You have supercharged my life so that I soar again like a flying eagle in the sky. Ps 103:5 also can be translated, ” He satisfies my mouth with good things, my youth is renewed like the eagle so that I soar above all adversity.” The benefits of a loving God are enormous!!! Be thankful for them all!!! He is a life saving, life renewing God. Thank you Jesus. Have a great holiday and remember Jesus and all His promises. He loves you so very much, that even if you are in a pit today, He will help you out. Jesus loves you…so do I.

Blessings in abundance for you and yours.

Pastor Becky Burke from the West Point Madison Trinity Presbyterian Church.


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