The class was set a task to write a short paper on “Things I Am Most Thankful For.” One small boy put at the top of his list, “My glasses. They keep the boys from punching me and the girls from kissing me.”
‘As the Lord loves a cheerful giver, so likewise a cheerful thanksgiver.’ (John Boys)
‘The Christian is suspended between blessings received and blessings hoped for, so he should always give thanks.’ (M.R. Vincent)
Bible commentator Matthew Henry, after being robbed, wrote in his diary: ‘Let me be thankful.…
Psalm 65:9-13 – God has given us many material blessings. And we have as many reasons to be thankful.
But what if there is nothing? What then?
Ch 1 – Habakkuk’s complaint. The Lord’s reply. Habakkuk’s further complaint. 2:1 – He sets himself to watch and wait for what God will say.
Ch 3 – Nothing in Habakkuk’s circumstances has changed. He is still facing an appalling prospect: the ravages of war, the horrors of invasion, the devastation of resources, the removal of all basic necessities.…
Reflection on the death of Christ and its achievement, so far from being a sombre experience, actually leads to a type and degree of celebration that can be found nowhere else.
For the cross brings us into a new relationship with God. This relationship is marked by boldness, love and joy. And these do not belong merely in the interior experience of the individual believers, but are to distinguish our public worship.
As W.M. Clow points out:-
There is no forgiveness in this world, or in that which is to come, except through the cross of Christ.
’The Stoic bears, the Epicurean seeks to enjoy, the Buddhist and Hindu stand apart disillusioned, the Muslim submits, but only the Christian exults.’ (E. Stanley Jones)
’The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance.…