Daily Dose, Nov 21 — A Psalm for Thanksgiving

  Do you remember playing hide and seek as a kid? I remember playing with the neighborhood kids and we could hide anywhere on our street. We’d find our spot to hide and tried to stay real quiet while whoever was “it” would be on the search. If you were found, you had to run as fast as you could towards home base without being tagged out.  We would find the best hiding places but once you were found there, that hiding place was known and no longer a good place to go. This Thanksgiving we are reminded to be thankful to the One who is our hiding place, our refuge when life is hard, and times are tough. He is great and His love for us is greater than any other. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.  They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.  They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down. I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me.  The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. (Psalm 118:8-14) Our first place to turn when life is hard, when it feels like things or people are against us is towards the One who is faithful and true; who is strong and mighty; who loves us more than we know. “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” Whenever we need to reminder, we can turn to the words of the psalmist and pray those words of assurance. We are reminded of who God is in our life and be filled with Thankfulness. -- Rev. Terri Henkel