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Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Thanksgiving Praise To God


Psalm 107
God the Savior of Men in Distress

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his kindness endures forever!

Psalm 108
Prayer for Victory
1 A song; a psalm of David,
2 My heart is steadfast, O God my heart is
steadfast;
I will sing and chant praise,
3 Awake, O my soul; awake, lyre and harp;
I will wake the dawn.
4 I will give thanks to you among the peoples,
O Lord;
I will chant your praise among the nations,
5 For you kindness towers to the heavens,
and your faithfullness to the skies.
6 Be exalted above the heavens, O God,
over all the earth be your glory!
7 That your loved ones may escape,
help us by your right hand, and answer
us.


Psalm 118
Hymn of Thanksgiving to the Savior of Israel

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
for his mercy endures forever.
2 Let the house of Israel say,
His mercy endures forever.
3 Let the house of Aaron say,
His mercy endures forever.
4 Let those who fear the Lord say,
His mercy endures forever.
5 In my straits I called upon the Lord,
the Lord answered me and set me free
6 The Lord is with me; I fear not;
what can man do against me?
7 The Lord is with me to help me,
and I shall look down upon my foes,
8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.
9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

Psalm 113
Praise of the Lord for His Care of the Lowly

1Praise you servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord
both now and forever.
3 From the rising to the setting of the sun
is the name of the Lord to be praised.
4 High above all nations is the Lord,
above the heavens is his glory.
5 Who is like the Lord, or God, who is enthroned on high
6 and looks upon the heavens and the earth below?
7 He raises up the lowly from the dust,
from the dunghill he lifts up the poor
8 To seat them with princes,
with the princes of his own people
9 He establishes in her home the barren wife
as the joyful mother of children.

Psalm 138
Hymn of a Grateful Heart
1. I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart, (for you have heard the words of my mouth)in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
2 I will worship at your holly temple
and give thanks to your name,
Because of your kindness and your truth;
for you have made great above all things
your name and your promise,
3 When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
4 All the kings of the earth shall give
thanks to you, O Lord,
when they hear the words of your mouth;
5 And they shall sing of the ways of the
Lord:
"Great is the glory of the Lord,"
6 The Lord is exalted,

Psalm 150
1 Praise the Lord in his sanctuary,
praise him in the firmament of his strength.
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds,
praise him for his sovereign majesty.
3 Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipe.
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals
praise him with clanging cymbals.
praise the Lord! Alleluia.

John
1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be
What came to be
4 Through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 A man named John was sent from God.
7 He came for testimony, to testify to the light.
9 The true light, which enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him,
11 He came to what was his own;
but his own people did not accept him
12 But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name.
13 who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man's decision but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father's only Son,
full of grace and truth.

John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that he world might be saved through him.


The Birth of Jesus
Mathew 1
21 "She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,"
which means "God is with us."

Gentle Mastery of Christ
Mathew 11
28 "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

The Lords Supper
Mark 14
22 While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, "Take it, this is my body."
23 Then he took a cup, gave thanks and gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 He said to them,
This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.
25 Amen I say to you, I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."

The Resurrection of Jesus
Mark 16: 4
When they looked up, they saw that the stone entering the tomb had been rolled back; it was very large.
5 On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed.
6 He said to them "Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.

The Risen Lord appeared to the Eleven Disciples
15 He said to them, Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved

Galations Chapter 3
26 For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.
27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you belong to Christ, then your are Abraham's descendant, heirs according to the promise.

Ephesians 4 :7
But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
8 Therefore it says;
He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;
he gave gifts to men.
9 What does ascended mean except that he also descended into the lower regions of the earth?
10 The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens,
that he might fill all things.



Revelation 19:11
The King of Kings
11 Then I saw the heavens opened, and there was a white horse; its rider was called "Faithful and True." He judges and wages war in righteousness.
12 His eyes were like a fiery flame, and on his head were many diadems. He had a name inscribed that no one knows except himself.
13 He wore a cloak that had been dipped in blood, and his name was called the Word of God.
14 The armies of heaven followed him, mounted on white horses and wearing clean white line.
15 "out of his mouth came a sharp sword to strike the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod, and he himself will tread out in the wine press the wine of the fury and wrath of God the almighty.
16 He has a name written on his cloak and on his thigh, "King of kings and Lord of lords."



Revelation 21 The New Creation

The New Heaven and the New Earth
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
2 I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Behold, God's dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them ( as their God).
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be now more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.
5 The one who sat on the throne said,
"Behold I make all things new.: Then he said,
"Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.:
6 He said to me, They are accomplished. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I wll give a gift from the spring of life-giving water.
7 The vitor will inherit these gifts, and I shall be his God, and he will be my son.

Revelation 22
1 Now the angel showed me the river of life giving water; sparkling like cystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 "down the middle of its street. On either side of the river grew a tree of life that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month the leaves of the tree serve as medicine for the nations.
3 Nothing accursed will be found there anymore. The throne of God and the Lamb will be in it, an his servants will worship him.
4 "They will look upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
5 Night will be no more, nor will they need light from lamp or sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever and ever.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Grandma Makes Creamy Mash Potatoes at Eighty-Nine

I Am Thankful For My Ninety Year Old Mom


I am thankful this holiday season for my mom who is turning ninety this December. Each Thanksgiving my husband and two sons go to Grandma's house for a bounty of food and for Christmas its my turn to cook. The arrangement has worked out well over the years. My mom knows how to prepare a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with moist turkey every time. Her dressing is made of homemade cornbread with just the right seasonings of sage and parsley. Carrots are sprinkled with brown sugar and butter. The mash potatoes are velvety smooth, never lumpy or gooey. Her secret to delicious gravy is first shaking the flour in a jar with water to remove any lumps.

What is so amazing is how she can still pull off a perfect dinner even as she has grown older gracefully. Her attitude in life has always been in service to others. My mom took care of her deaf Aunt Ada for several years because she didn't want her to be alone. Ada had lost a leg so my mom and dad had to lift her into a wheel chair. They took her on outings to get her our of the house for fresh air. She took care of Ada for many years without complaining.

My mom delivered Meals on Wheels for twenty years because she remembered how the organization helped her mom when she was house bound. My grandmother lived out of town and she visited her as much as she could but the meals delivered to her home was a life saver. She wanted to repay the favor so with her Methodist Church Group she helped deliver countless meals to elderly in need. Meals on Wheels awarded her with a pin that said twenty years of service.

It is a tradition to host the Christmas lunch for the Methodist Circle of ladies in her home. She is turning ninety and will continue to get out her best china, linen and Christmas decorations to decorate in honor of Jesus's birthday. The support of the women through the years got her through lonely times after my dad had passed.

Her faith in God has pulled her through the tough times. She was married to my dad for over fifty years so when he passed she had to learn how to sleep during the night alone. She recited the Lords Prayer as she drifted off to sleep.

The twenty third Psalms was another good passage to comfort.

"The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. In verdent pastures he gives me repose: Beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. He guides me in right paths for his name's sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side. With your rod and your staff that give me courage. You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come."

When faith leads your life kindess follows all the days of your life. I think my mom is an example of this. I want to give thanks this holiday season for my mom.