Daily Devotion, 11/19/2018, “Thankful!”
1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
It’s been a relationally rich couple of weeks for me. I was blessed to hunt in Missouri with my good friend Don Kelley and then in Nebraska with another good friend, Max Fontenot. Max taught me to bow hunt and introduced me to some other good friends, Mike and Laurel Toukan, who let us hunt their Nebraska farm. On the way home, I had lunch with my longtime friend, Dave Dooley, in Moore, Oklahoma. Dave is also a pastor. Every Sunday morning, he sends me a prayer that he is praying over me for that day. I came home to my very best friend and forever true love, my precious wife Sharon. Aside from salvation, she is God’s greatest gift to me. I did a wedding for my niece, Victoria, in Atlanta, Texas on Saturday where I was able to spend some time with Mom, my two sisters, one of my brothers and many others in my family. Yesterday I ran into one of the “kids” from the first youth ministry we served with almost 30 years ago at Wendy’s here in Moss Bluff, Rebekah Chance Lamb. I was Rebekah’s first youth pastor way back then in my Army days. Last night I talked to my first youth pastor, mentor and dear friend Ray Owens. Micah and I will be hunting with Ray in north Louisiana later this week. I was also blessed to enjoy two amazing worship services with my beloved CrossRoads family. After being gone for a couple of weeks, it was a joy to see their faces, hear their voices and hug their necks.
Being loved so well by so many is a great blessing. I am thankful to God, the giver of all good things, for blessing me so richly. In addition to the God sent love of others that I’ve savored these last couple of weeks, I’ve also savored the enduring love of God directly and personally to me. I could feel His warmth as the snow fell in Missouri. I could feel His peace as I watched the sunset over the Platte River in Nebraska. I could feel His presence as we worshiped Him together at CrossRoads. His love endures forever and I’m thankful for it.
I encourage you to take some time this week to give thanks to the Lord for his enduring love for you. As you do, ask Him to help you to be a blessing of love for those in your circle this week. You are loved!