As I was thinking about how I would Celebrate Thanksgiving today, I came across this scripture written by Paul:
"To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
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." ~ Colossians 1:2-4
Wouldn't you love to get a letter that started that way? I sure would. To have someone write to me that they thanked God for me because they heard of my faith in Christ and my love for all God's people? Yes...I would cherish such a letter.
Even more so...I would love for our Heavenly Father to hear such things about me in a prayer.
So in celebrating Thanksgiving, today, I share this scripture with you. I have printed it out and written it down where I will regularly see it to remind me of this "unspoken goal". You see, wanting my faith in Christ Jesus and my love for all God's people to be something I am known for has been a goal of mine for a long time. It's not one I have voiced...it's just a part of me....of my expectations for myself.
Even though this goal has been a part of me for a very long time...it has been in more recent years that I have truly focused on it and worked harder toward reaching it. I'm sure I have read this scripture several times in my lifetime...but today as I read it...it struck a meaning for me. It wasn't just me reading what Paul said to others...but I realized it was something I would want others to say about me!
Have you ever had someone say they have been praying for you? I want to point out the part about praying because I do know what it feels like to have someone say they prayed for me. I have gotten that note and it touched me deeply. It made me feel so good to know that someone took the time to pray for me.
Now...taking the focus off myself...this verse also reminds me that I could pray for and write a letter like this to several people I know. And that inspires another way for me to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the coming days.
So in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, I am going to think of those I know that I thank God for because of their faith in Christ and the love they show all God's people. Inspired by Paul, I am going to say a prayer of thanks to God for them and then sit down and write a few notes of my own.