WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21
“For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind”
1 Thessalonians 2:14-15 ESV
THANKFUL WE MADE IT
A loaded minivan pulled in to the only remaining campsite. Four children leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up the tent. The boys rushed to gather firewood, while the girls and their mother set up the camp stove and cooking utensils. A nearby camper marveled to the youngsters’ father, “That, sir, is some display of teamwork.” The father replied, “I have a system; no one goes to the bathroom until the camp is set up.”
Many of you will be on the road today headed to friends and family for your Thanksgiving celebrations. And after hours of being in the car, fighting traffic, making bathroom stops and changing diapers you will be able to finally say, “We made it,” after you arrive. One of the things the Apostle Paul was grateful for in the life of the church of Thessalonica was they had made it this far. After a journey of suffering and persecution for their faith they were still hanging in there and living for Jesus.
An Army Chaplain had a sign on his door that said, “If you have troubles, come in and tell me all about them. If you don’t have troubles, come in and tell me how you do it.” For some of you this year has been a long hard journey, but you have made it this far. God has sustained you and is not done with you. What have been some of your most difficult struggles this year? How has God sustained you? Take some time and thank God for bringing you this far.