A Week of Thanksgiving, Day 1

And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Pahnuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.  And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

Luke 2:36-38

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite season of the entire year.  We have so much to be thankful for, but often end up complaining and bitter because we don’t have even more.  There is not one single person out there who could not stand to be a little (or a lot) more thankful.  Every day this week, we will look at a verse or passage dealing with thankfulness.  I hope it is an encouragement to be more thankful.

In these verses we find the person to Whom our thanks is due and the main reason that we should be thanking Him.  An older lady named Anna, who had been loving and serving the Lord for years, had just seen Jesus for the first time.  As soon as she saw Him, “in that instant,” “gave thanks likewise unto the Lord…”  The minute she saw Jesus, she began thanking the Lord.  That should be us.  The minute we see or hear or think about Jesus, we should start thanking the Lord.  “In that instant gave thanks… unto the Lord.”  And why should we be giving thanks to the Lord?  The same reason as Anna:

She “spake of him to all them that looked for redemption…”  That is why we should be thankful.  Jesus brought (and bought) our redemption.  He is our Redeemer.  If there is no other reason on earth to be thankful, that is a great one.  That is why Paul could be thankful and rejoice in a Roman dungeon.  People have been tortured and killed for Christ, while being thankful the whole time to be counted worthy to suffer for His name.

Be thankful for Jesus.  Every day and at all times.

One response to this post.

  1. Oh I like this time of thanksgivings posts, especially since we are to be thankful always and rejoice too! And the story of Anna is one that always impacts me. Thank you, Ben, as you lead us on in thanksgivings to Him!


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