A time to reflect on Christ’s blessings
    November 17 2015 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    As we make our plans for Thanksgiving this year – whether we are visiting family far away or hosting others in our own homes, we must not forget to spend time reflecting on what the Lord has done for us in the past year. This could be a discipleship moment when you lead the younger family members to think about which blessings from God are most important to us. This is your opportunity to help them realize that the most precious gifts in life are the most basic and fundamental ones such as health, family and employment, just to name a few. They must be taught that God is the source of every good and perfect gift we possess.
    I am grateful for health. But before that, I am grateful to the One who has blessed me with life and given it ultimate purpose and meaning. What good is a long life if I do not have the blessed hope that comes with knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?
    I am grateful for my family. But is the love within my family not just a reflection of the Father’s love for us? I praise the Lord that He has abundantly blessed me with such a wonderful and loving family. But still, even more, I praise Him for having loved me first. I am humbled when I think of the unfailing love that He so freely bestowed on me when I least deserved it.
    I urge you to take this time of thanksgiving to fix your eyes even more on Jesus – I pray that this will be a special time of joy for you and your loved ones as you reflect on the deep love of our Savior. Perhaps you can ask the Lord to kindle in your spirit an attitude of constant gratitude to Him throughout the year – as the old hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” says, “Tune my heart to sing Thy grace.”
    I pray that during this season, you will be encouraged to spend time not only in prayers of thanksgiving to God, but also to share the good news of His salvation with others. I pray that as you come to know the spirit of the Father even more, that your heart will be filled anew with zeal to tell those you meet about the One who has given you the ultimate reason to give thanks.
    Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” – Psalm 100:4.

    11/17/2015 10:43:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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