Daily Dose, Nov 20 — A Psalm for Thanksgiving

  As we stop and reflect on all we have to be thankful for- all the blessings in our life, there may also be some hard times remembered, some moments that bring sadness. What do we do with those memories those feelings? The psalmist would urge us to remember no matter what we are facing or have faced, there is one thing we can know for certain, “His love endures forever.” Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.  Let the house of Aaron say:“His love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.  The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?  The Lord is with me; he is my helper I look in triumph on my enemies. (Psalm 118:2-7) “For those who fear…” fear the loss of a job, fear not being able to pay the bills, fear the future of your child, family or friends. Perhaps the fear is of the unknown, a test result that is being waited upon or the test results are in and now you are afraid.  Perhaps life has brought you to a crossroad, decisions need to be made, which way should you turn? “In my anguish I cried to the Lord and He answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” We have so much to be thankful for, our God doesn’t leave us to face this life alone. He doesn’t have hands off approach. Rather He is hands on! He is always watching over us and moving in our lives. Sometimes we may feel alone and as though He is absent but Jesus said, “Remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) He doesn’t leave us or abandon us in our times of need. He is there. Sometimes He reaches out to us through another, sometimes in the quiet, sometimes through music and the ways go on and on. What we can be confident and assured in is the fact that He is with us and His love endures forever! Rev. Terri Henkel