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As Christians, we have so much to be thankful for. Do we express gratitude and are we thankful enough? It's easy to get caught up in the routine and the normal not seeing how much we are blessed.

Ephesians 1:3-8 (NKJV)

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,"

Abundant Blessings

Notice in these few verses just how much we have been blessed with in the Lord!

  • He chose us in Him to be holy and without blame

  • We have received adoption as His sons and daughters by Jesus Christ to Himself

  • We are made accepted in the Beloved - that is, God’s tremendous grace has been granted to us through His Son Jesus and we are accepted through Christ

  • We are purchased from our dead works of sin - we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins

In considering these few verses, we have much to be grateful for.

Difficult Times

It is true even for Christians: difficult times and hardships will come. To be grateful in these times can be a challenge. When we are faced with the loss of a loved one, the loneliness we experience at times, the loss of a job, or even sickness, yes these times are challenging and difficult times. I certainly don't mean to express that they are not nor do I want us to think we should "put on a mask" and pretend everything is ok. However, even in these times, it has not changed what the Lord has done for us. In His blessings, we can be grateful.