“Therefore let us… bear the reproach He endured….
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God,
that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.”
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,
a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Today, on Thanksgiving Day, we are focusing on what we’re thankful for.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good stuff in our lives, to count our blessings.
When things go our way.
When we have answered prayers.
When we have enough.
When everyone we love is safe, healthy, and near us.
But, we are called to give thanks in all things, to praise God regardless of what’s going on in our lives.
“Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
He is God and worthy of our trust, thanksgiving, and admiration regardless of how we feel about momentary struggles we’re enduring right now.
“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.”
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
So what about the unpleasant things?
This is where the concept of a sacrificial praise comes in.
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