Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Day Thankfulness

Today is a day to reflect on our daily blessings and thank God for them. So I am not going to write about books I've read or should be read, my progress on my WIP revision, or any other thoughts and ideas running through my mind.

I just want to wish the readers of A Writer's Journey in the U.S. a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

I think Psalm 91 sums it up well.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

I know that if any of us were aware of the countless times that the Lord has protected us from harm in the course of a day we would be totally amazed. From fender-bender accidents, to walking innocently into a dangerous situation, to being faced with a temptation too strong for us to ignore.

There have been times when I've zoned out while driving. Thinking more about something other than what I was doing, only to be jerked out of my trance with just enough time to slam on the brakes because the car in front of me had stopped. I believe that to be God's protection, alerting me of certain disaster in the nick of time. Thinking about those kind of times when I'm aware of the hedge of protection around me, I have to wonder how many more times do things like this happen that blow right past me. Times I will never know.

I hope this psalm will give you something to ponder. Enjoy the day.

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!

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