Published November 22, 2016

Shelia Shares
"Thank You, Lord"

This morning a song has been going through my mind. Actually, it is just a chorus that I learned as a child. You'll probably remember it, too.

     "Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul,
      Thank you, Lord, for making me whole;
      Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
      Thy great salvation so rich and free."

This song was written by Mr. and Mrs. Seth Sykes and copyrighted in 1940. It is as relevant today as it was over 75 years ago. It only seems right to think about it during this time of Thanksgiving.

For what are you thankful?

Most of us would start with family and friends, homes, our church families, food and clothing, health. If we have all these, we are certainly blessed. We should say "thanks."

On another level, we need to be thankful for grace, for mercy, for peace, for contentment, for the joy of the Lord. These are gifts of the spirit. These are gifts that cannot be bought and gifts that many people will never experience in their lives. These are gifts that only come in their fullness through Jesus.

This little chorus gets to the heart of thankfulness. We could say it gets to "our" heart and why we can be thankful.

If we have been saved through the blood of Jesus Christ, we know how lost we would be without Him. We know how broken we are without Him. We know that we have been given an indescribable gift of salvation. We are indeed rich in Spirit and free to be all that God created us to be.

That song might be thought of as just a little kids' hymn. But, the meaning isn't little. And it isn't just for kids. It is beyond what we could ask for and way beyond what we deserve.

So let me just acknowledge Jesus and say thanks for taking a broken person like me and making me whole and rich and free. Lord, You are so good.

Thank You, Lord.

"O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." (1 Chronicles 16:34)

- Shelia

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