I’m So Thankful


I am so blessed

I flew in from a trip yesterday. I finally arrived at my home at about 9pm. This is when I began cooking my dinner. I like to prepare everything in advance and I was in bed by about 2am.

Needless to say, I was exhausted.
I began cooking again at 8:30 this morning. I had talked with a friend about making a turkey on the grill and I thought, “Why not?”
I looked up some instructions online and decided to try it out.
I read that, once you’ve grilled a turkey, you won’t go back to the oven.
I can tell you that from the response of the critics, that it is worth the effort.
 
I always have a friend who I invited. He has no family here, and we love him.
He’s from Senegal and has lived in this country for quite a long time. He always tells me that his mother was asking about me.
He puts everyone else off, until he finds out what our plans are, because he tells his friends, “We are his family.”
I was so tired, and had a difficult time, because of my exhaustion, but my family makes it worth it.
My mother is here this Thanksgiving and I’m reminded of how many times, I’d called her on this day, and she was all alone.
The conversation was always the same. “Mom? Did you do anything today?”
“Oh, no. It’s really quiet in my building.”
“Mom, didn’t you even have a special meal or someone to visit?”
“No, it’s ok. I don’t like to cook a big meal, just for myself.”
I know it’s just that she doesn’t know anyone, who has made her part of their family, and she was way too far, for me to drop in. But still the sadness of her solitude, seemed to creep into my own soul.
This year, there she was. Standing in my kitchen, distracting me constantly,with her chatter. As I was flitting about, I have gotten this down to a science, she’s talking nonstop.
Now my son is up with me to help. He actually did help me this year.
My brother and my mother, refuse to go to bed, when I return home, because I sense, they are excited by my arrival and long to fill me in on all the details of my absence.
When I begin to feel irritation creeping in, I squash it. “My mom, will not be with me forever, and I never know how many dinners, I can make for her,” I think.
At times, I will ask my son for a big hug, and I will tell him, “A mother only gets so many hugs and kisses, and then it’s over. I have to get what I can, while I have the chance.” He always rolls his eyes and laughs.
Now, I did it again. I made way too much food. But I know that I will be packing a ‘care package,’ for my friend, like I always do.
I save all kinds of plastic containers, so that I can send him with enough food to last.
I tell him he needs to gain weight. And he laughs. “You will make me fat!” He tells me.
Now, I sit down, and we thank God for all He’s blessed us with. At one moment, I say, “I’m thankful that this Thanksgiving, I have my mom, with us.”
I look at her and say, “Your turn.”
She says, “I’m thankful that I am sharing this Thanksgiving with believers.”
Wow, that surprised me. My mother never seems this introspective.
We went around the table. Each person giving thanks for something.
My son, of course gave thanks for the food, first. (Always his priority)
My brother was so cute. He thanked God for ‘The Packers,’ in true Wisconsin form!
As I looked around, I remembered a conversation I had with a flight attendant the other day.
I met her when I was commuting on another airline. She asked me, “Are you a believer?” “Yes, I told her.
As we talked, she shared some of her sorrow, after a painful divorce and the loss of her stepchildren’s affection.
I told her about something which the Lord revealed to me, years ago, about my own, stepchildren.
I told her that as the Lord hung on the cross, he said, in his dying breath, “Mother, behold your son.” And to John, “John, behold your mother.”
He was revealing something very powerful in this statement, as the words of a dying man, would seem to be the most important of all.
He was pointing out that, we are not related to each other by our blood, we are related by His blood.”
It is His shed blood on the cross, and our acceptance of this sacrifice, which makes us one family. The eternal family.
She began to cry, as she said, “You have ministered to me, in ways you do not know.”
“Oh, believe me,” I told her, “You’ve ministered to me as well. It is what the Lord told us, “To encourage one another.”
We hugged and exchanged info.
But today, as I look around my table, I am most thankful, for the life, He gave, to make us one!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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“He shall be born of a Virgin”


The seed of God

I had a man of Muslim faith sending me extensive emails about the validity of the Quran and why I should believe all that is stated within this book.

He did prove one thing to me. That it is full of contradictions.

It states that anyone that “does not believe in the Quran, is an enemy of Islam.” I asked once again, “who are the enemies of Islam?” He tried to smooth over this portion of the books, which he sent, with flowery words about peace, love and enlightenment.

He agreed that the Quran also states that Jesus is a prophet and would be born of the virgin, Mary.”

I asked him, “if you believe that Jesus Christ is a prophet, then you know that a prophet is a messenger of God Himself and He will not lie. Then how can you not listen to the Words that Jesus spoke about Himself? He said, He and the Father are one. He said, He was the Way the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father, but through Him.”

Now there would be no explaining this contradiction except that one would have to acknowledge one of the following:

  1. Jesus was not a prophet
  2. Jesus was lying
  3. Jesus was crazy
  4. Jesus is exactly who He claimed to be

Now, I told this man that he must decide what to do with this information, if he is going to quote all of these statements to me and try to convince me.

I reminded Him that Jesus did indeed say that, He didn’t come to abolish the law, but to fulfill the Law,” as he pointed out in one of his many quotes. I told Him that Jesus was the perfect law, offered up as a sacrifice for all of us.

As He continued He told me that his proof was Jesus lineage, and you “can see plainly that Jesus was not even in the geneology of Adam.”

Well of course that is true and it proves the whole point of the sacrifice and it  is the validity of Gods Word beginning in the Garden of Eden, when he had to hold sin in account. The sacrifice had to be a perfect sacrifice. (Remember the Jews had to offer an ‘unblemished lamb) God is a God of perfection and the sin would be ‘on the books,’ until a time of redemption had come. Because of one man, Adam, the whole human race fell.This is the reason for the grief we bear. The terrible things that happen. It’s not God punishing us, but quite the opposite. He had a plan to restore us. Our God is a loving God, yet He is also Holy, and sin had to be atoned for, in order for mankind to be able to coexist, once again, with God. Up until the fall, Adam and Eve, walked with God. They had intimate fellowship, but now it had been broken.

The Lord had spoken and told the Israelites in Leviticus 17:11, and told them that “the life of a creature is in the blood, I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar;it is the blood that makes atonement for ones life.”

He had known that Jesus, would be God in human form, to make the atonement, one time for all mankind. It is the knowledge and acceptance of this sacrifice that made atonement for us all.

Of course I pointed out that when Adam sinned, God had a plan in place and He spoke to Eve and the serpent; “I will make enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and hers. You will bruise her heel and she shall crush your head.”

Here I told him, is the plan. God knew that the seed of man had been corrupted by sin. He spoke of the war between “the seed of the serpent, and the seed of the woman.” Well, we know that women do not carry seed, so this was God speaking in future tense. The virgin Mary would be impregnated by God Himself and this way the seed of God had now entered the world.So the virgin birth was not just to be a sign as the miracle, but also the amazing and glorious plan in all of its perfection. It is the reason that the Lord was “examined before Pilate and proven to be without sin.” The perfect lamb and also the reason for John the Baptists exclamation, “behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

When the full atonement had been made with the resurrection of Christ, it was the fulfillment of Gods words to the serpent, “you shall bruise her heel, but she shall CRUSH you head.” As we see in scripture, although Satan tried many times to thwart the plan of God(bruise her heel) and he even thought he did this with the crucifixion, it was Gods plan all along to “Crush his kingdom and at this point Jesus Christ descended into hell and took the keys to sin and death. He preached the gospel those held in darkness, “and led captives in His train.” “I am the First and the Last, I am the Living One; I was dead and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:17,18)

Jesus became the second Adam, but not born of his lineage. He could not be born of the corruptible seed. This seed is perfect and we are all part of this lineage when we can put our faith in Him, the one that made the way for us to enter into that fellowship once again. “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of the imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.(1 Peter1:22)

In the end, this man sent about 10 paragraphs of the Quran and many quotes from Muhammad. I had to tell him that you cannot convince someone to faith, through many words. I cannot be swayed in my faith. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.” I cannot except the things that were spoken by someone that I do not believe to be a prophet. And Muhammad didn’t make himself a sacrifice for anyone.

I do believe Jesus Christ is the Lord of all, it is His words that I believe.

The truth is evident to me, because only truth has the power to change a person. I found the truth, He is Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, of the incorruptible seed of God. He took on the flesh and He is the the ” high priest of a royal priesthood and His kingdom shall have no end.”

And this is why all who believe can say, “Oh death where is thy sting, oh grave where is thy victory?”(1Corinthians 15:55)