Thanksgiving 2016

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I am thankful for another Thanksgiving to be with my sweet family.  An amazing husband who stood by my side, to help prepare our traditional foods as well as some new items on the menu.

 

Mother-in-law joined us.  It was a lovely time.  At the beginning of our feast, we paused to reflect on the Savior and His body and Blood spilled out for us on the cross.  As we broke the bread, and drank our sparkling grape cider.

 

Isaac, Maximus, and husband, all pitched in to make this day yummy, joyful and special.

 

Maximus had approached me a few days ago with Col. 1:1-14 on his heart.  He wanted to read this scripture specially for grandma.  And he did.  It was beautiful.  And my heart was touched deeply.  For I have no greater joy than to see my children walk in the truth.  My son, reading the Holy Scriptures.  Embracing God’s gift of the Word.

 

I am grateful for my family.  The family I prayed for – for many years.  And continue to pray over and thank God every day for creating this family, and in His faithfulness growing us in His grace and knowledge.

 

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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters[a] in Christ:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant,[c] who is a faithful minister of Christ on our[d] behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.