I am doing my thankfulness blogs several days in advance, but i know this one will be posted on Thanksgiving Day. In the United States this holiday traces its roots back to when the Anglo Saxon settlers shared a fall meal with their Native American hosts, to give thanks for the help the Indians provided in farming crops and how to survive in this new land. They had successful fled religious persecution and they had survived. Unfortunately things did not stay cordial between the flood of new settlers from Europe and their hosts. But, i am not thankful for what happened to those who lived in what is the United States first, but for my salvation. I cannot adequately express, in the extremely few words i have here, all that this entails. So, instead i will share some verses from the Bible:
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:6-11 ESV)
If He had not reached out to touch me, just as Jesus reached out and healed the leper in Matthew 8:3... i truly shudder to think.