Enduring

I sat at our Thanksgiving table yesterday with my husband, sons, and father-in-law, eating until our stomach were full, enjoying the company, the teasing jokes, the conversation. It was a good day.

I starting thinking of those who don’t have what I have; a roof over our heads, food in the fridge, clothes in the closet, cars to drive, money to pay for bills and expenses. It made me grateful again and reminded me of the responsibility I mentioned in an earlier post. I also realized I am content.

I didn’t need to get up an a crazy early hour to go shopping for those “amazing deals” that were touted on the television. I have enough.

I am blessed by family and friends, by my faith, my marriage and our sons. I don’t need something that will only give fleeting satisfaction and then be discarded. Of all the commercials I have seen during this pre-Christmas season, the one I’ve enjoyed best is from Barnes and Noble. The point of the commercial is once the newness wears off, the book(s) you received will be there, long-lasting, enduring, ready to read again and again.

God’s Word is the same way. The world will try to draw us to the new and impressive, the shiny thing with bells and whistles, but in the end it is the Scriptures that will endure.

I think Psalm 136 says it best. May these words put your heart and mind into perspective this Christmas season.

Psalm 136:1-26 (NIV)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.
To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.
Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.
Who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.
Who made the great lights—His love endures forever.
The sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.
The moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.
To him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever.
And brought Israel out from among them His love endures forever.
With a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever.
To him who divided the Red Sea asunder His love endures forever.
And brought Israel through the midst of it, His love endures forever.
But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever.
To him who led his people through the wilderness; His love endures forever.
To him who struck down great kings, His love endures forever.
And killed mighty kings—His love endures forever.
Sihon king of the AmoritesHis love endures forever.
And Og king of Bashan—His love endures forever.
And gave their land as an inheritance, His love endures forever.
An inheritance to his servant Israel. His love endures forever.
He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever.
And freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever.
He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever. <

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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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