Thanksgiving:To Lay Down a Life

November 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

He picks up the fallen, sawed logs and lies them in a path for others to follow.

Raking dead and fallen leaves to clear a path for tiny feet and wrinkled hands.

Pushing the dead things aside, giving of his time and energy. Eagerly working at his task that will provide direction through the woods on a dirt path to grandma’s house.

 I see him working gladly and give thanks for his work.  Thinking all the while that in laying down our lives, the dead things, and picking up our cross, new life, we are laying paths for fellow man.

24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-25

Weeks approaching Thanksgiving meditation has been on this:

1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! 2Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!3Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him;bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100

In everyday tasks, to serve the LORD with gladness. To do this. To do this, is to lay down my life and walk in the newness of Christ’s.

This Thanksgiving as we travel the path to Grandmother’s house, may we give thanks in everything (Ephesians 5:20). When family tension can be running high, when they do not do it the way that you do, when spiritual conversations move from your head to your lips and pour forth life, give thanks.

Give thanks, lay down your will, take up your cross and lay a path for fellow man to follow.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.  May praises and thanks be on your lips and gladness be in your heart.

Raise the Risk Challenge:

1. Take the time to pray for family instead of criticize them this day.

2. Serve one another in love.

3. Give thanks in all things for this is a recipe for Thanksgiving.

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