Thanksgiving Amid Crises

This Thanksgiving season

This Thanksgiving season

This Thanksgiving season, I’m especially sensitive to the many crises and calamities across our country and around our world. While believers can genuinely give thanks to God for his love and blessings, many need his special mercy and grace in these days!

Not long ago I attended, with several hundred others, a special study class with Pastor Jack Hayford on the book of Revelation. Pastor Jack, a well-known teacher on the subject of prophecy, began that study series on Revelation with an assignment to read three related Gospel chapters: Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.

In Luke 21:25-28 we find the familiar recital of certain end-times predictions, where Jesus said, “Strange things will happen…nations on earth will be afraid…and won’t know what to do…because of what is happening to the world.” Then, as if He had been rehearsing a countdown list of calamities, He said, “When all of this starts happening, stand up straight and be brave. You will soon be set free.” [Contemporary English Version]

Jesus’ promised liberation, at His Second Coming, is the highest hope a believer can have. But, we also must believe that our King is able and willing to come today and enter our life’s circumstances, to extend His kingdom’s grace, love and power! His grace is sufficient to sustain us through all the calamities of the end times as well as the challenges of the present times!

For that, we all can be thankful!

Now, let’s prepare to celebrate our Lord’s first coming! Invite others to enjoy the music of the season, online 24/7 at MusicOfChristmas.org .

www.musicofchristmas.org

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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