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Thanksgiving Day

Happy ThanksgivingKey Bible Verses:  May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere.  – Psalm 67:1-2

Dig Deeper:  Psalm 67

Scripture reveals a three-stage dynamic of blessing, which God calls each of us to enter:

  1. Receive the blessing of God. When God created humanity, He blessed us for a life of fruitful love. He made us for relationship with himself. Though we quickly rejected God’s love, He never gave up on us. Since our fall God has undertaken a massive re-blessing project in the world, and He wants to include each one of us.
  2. Return blessing to God through worship. Once we receive deeply into our hearts the blessing of God’s love, his Spirit within us prompts us to make a return. We bless God back. The more we learn to know the God who blesses, the more praise we have to render. And the more textured and passionate our worship, the more we taste God’s joy and the intimacy of our relationship deepens.
  3. Reflect the love of God by blessing others. We learn to look at people as God does, and we act toward them accordingly: in love and mercy. We begin to live to bless. We participate in God’s plan to extend his blessing to the ends of the earth. As we bless, the deep joy of God wells up through daily life.

—Gerrit Dawson in The Blessing Life

My Response: I will spend time reflecting on how the cycle of blessing plays out in my life.

Thought to Apply: Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.—W. T. Purkiser(pastor, scholar, writer)

Adapted from The Blessing Life by Gerrit Dawson (IVP, 2013)

Prayer:  Lord, please help me not to be distracted by false definitions of blessing, but instead, to live fully in the reality that true blessing is found in a deepening relationship with you.

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