For His mercy endures forever!

November 24th, 2010

Every year for almost ten years now, our family has kept a Thanksgiving box.  From one Thanksgiving Day to the next, this box is the collection place for index cards on which we write our specific thanks to the Lord, and mark them with the date.

“Thank You, God, for…”

We hear each person’s temperament and interests reflected in what they choose to thank God for as well as in how they thank Him.  We have a procrastinator who tries to go back and write a whole years’ worth of cards and date them by month, providing us with some confusing amusement at times.  Another procrastinator who attempts to sum up the whole year on one card.  We have a few who remember the box sporadically and some who remember it prolifically.

Sometime on Thanksgiving morning, someone puts the cards in order by date.

Our family’s year really runs from Thanksgiving to Thanksgiving.  So tomorrow our last year ends and the new one begins.

And tomorrow this special family is planning to come and share the celebration meal with us!

If all goes as it has in years past, Joe will begin the meal by leading a responsive reading of Psalm 136.  Since we only do this once a year, of course we expect some grins and snickers at the part where we’re giving thanks to God for slaying famous kings.

“And Og, king of Bashan,”

“For His mercy endures forever–“

After the meal has been thoroughly enjoyed and the wreckage somewhat cleared away, we gather in the living room to hear Joe read through the past year of Thanksgiving cards.  We do this with the awareness that for each blessing we recorded, there are thousands more left unwritten.  And every year we are reminded of amazing blessings that would have been lost to our memories had they not been written down.

Then we hand out our Trinity Hymnals and SING until we are hoarse!

What do we have to thank Him for?  For all the tangible benefits He has poured out on us?  Yes, but the underlying realities far outweigh them all.

We thank You, Lord…

For humbling us by putting us in a place of need, and then making Your strength perfect in our weakness.

For showing us the beauty of the Body of Christ as we had never seen it before this year.  For the steadfast friendship, wise counsel, moral support, intercessory prayer, and kindhearted help of our brothers and sisters in Your family.  How we love them, Your precious people!

For the enormous medical bills we could not afford to pay.  For showing us again that there is no obstacle to Your ability to provide.

For placing us in circumstances that were far beyond our control.  For demonstrating to us in every detail that You are not only Master of our family, You are Sovereign over all.

For giving us very hard things to do.  In the midst of that, for making Your yoke easy and Your burden light.

For the pressure of extra responsibility you knew would be necessary for our family this year.  For using that to bring about real progress in the character and skills of each of our children.  For allowing us the privilege of caring for each priceless life.

For the unrelenting stress you brought into our marriage this year.  For convincing us that your power is more than enough to thwart all the enemy’s plans to jam a wedge in there and drive us apart.

For revealing ugly areas of sin in us, and for Your cleansing and forgiveness, ours because Jesus paid for that sin with His life.

For proving to us that Your grace runs deep as well as broad.

For showing us that the Hand that holds the rod is a good and merciful and absolutely trustworthy Hand.

For being the God You claim to be.

With our whole hearts, we thank You.

We pray that You would be pleased to glorify Yourself through us this coming Thanksgiving year.

You have multiplied, O LORD my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts toward us; none can compare with You!

I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.”

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4 Responses to “For His mercy endures forever!”

  1. Marilyn Osborn says:

    I LOVE, love, LOVE the idea of the Thanksgiving Box.  We will be starting ours tomorrow.  You are one of my BLESSINGS I’m counting this year.  :)

  2. I just love this idea!!!  We will start ours tomorrow too, but our Thanksgiving is in October.  :D  We have less than a year, but I just love this idea!  We so often forget what we have to be thankful for.  :)
    May the Lord be with you as you give thanks to the Lord tomorrow for this past year, a year that you all went through so much, but look at what a precious blessing Verity is to your famiy.  She is so precious!!

  3. Joy Horton says:

    Ooooooooh, I might have to borrow the idea, too, Susanna. That’s PERFECT! Of course, all of our little ones can’t write yet but . . . we’ll figure out a modified version. ; )

    I have always loved going around the table and saying what we’re thankful for. We’ve had some pretty teary moments. Love it!

    I’m so glad you’re spending Thanksgiving with that sweet family! After meeting them at the picnic last year I was SO impressed with their humility and the beauty that pours forth from them.

    I LOVED your list of things you are thankful for – it truly is a Trustworthy Hand that holds the rod. Amen.

    Love you!!!!

  4. Stephanie Blanchard says:

    Oooooooooooooooo this is a very neat idea!  I can’t wait to implement it!!!!

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