I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. – Psalm 118:21
At my house, we always take the week of Thanksgiving off from our homeschool studies to clean, decorate, bake, and spend some family time together before we plunge into December.
The twelfth month is always crazy mix of joy, nostalgia, and stress for me, as I’m sure it is for many of you. When the stress gets to be a bit overwhelming, it becomes all that much more important to focus upon Christ – his birth, his death, his resurrection – and to be thankful for the salvation he provides.
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us. – Luke 1:77-78
I have often wondered what it must have been like for the shepherds to be the first to hear of the Savior’s arrival. The news of the baby in a manger must have seemed miraculous!
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. – Luke 2:20
I’ll bet that even as old men, they never lost the feeling of wonder they experienced that night in the fields near Bethlehem. They were visited by a host of angels! They heard the good news for all mankind! And they actually saw the newborn King!
Particularly during this week of Thanksgiving, with Advent approaching, I want to be like those shepherds, glorifying and praising God for my Savior, and for the wonder of my salvation.
May you also remember this Thanksgiving not only the obvious gifts that God has given you, but His spiritual blessings, as well. The greatest gift of all is Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers us in Him. – Billy Graham
What was your salvation experience like? Did you feel wonder and joy, as the shepherds did?