FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24
“For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy.”
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 ESV
Last week in honor of Veterans Day, ESPN put together a montage of soldiers returning home. In some of the videos the soldiers surprised their families by showing up at their school, job or sporting event. The tears of joy, shouts of excitement and surprised faces were deeply moving. There is something very special about a long-awaited homecoming.
In the Apostle Paul’s list of things he was thankful for was the joyful expectation of a heavenly reunion with Jesus and other Christians. He found great joy and reward in those he had done life and ministry with. And in the middle of their persecutions, he knew that one day it would all be over and they would all celebrate in the presence of Jesus.
There are almost certainly people in your life who have passed away and will not celebrate this Thanksgiving or Christmas season with you. For those of us who are Christians we know that the Christians in our lives who have already died are waiting for us in heaven someday. We can be thankful that we have that hope. It is also incredibly important that we share the hope we have in Christ with others we love that don’t know Christ. Ask God to show you someone who needs to experience the hope that only a relationship with Jesus Christ can give them this holiday season. Pray for an opportunity to share with them the hope that is in you.