Just a little over thirty six years ago, I received the greatest gift I’ll ever receive: salvation from God’s wrath and adoption into his family through the gospel. After that, the gifts I’m most grateful for today are in the picture below, taken this past Thanksgiving. Six children, three spouses of my children, seven grandchildren, and one woman, Julie, who has brought me indescribable joy for over thirty two years. I can only say with the psalmist, “How precious is your steadfast love, O God!” (Ps. 36:7)
In case you were wondering, our couch isn’t normally sitting out in the middle of a field. But it does make for a cool picture. And when you have two sons willing to carry it, it’s a lot more appealing.
In the midst of being grateful for the gifts we receive today, I pray we’re most affected by the Father’s costly love — the love that led him to send his Son to take on our flesh, fulfill all righteousness, bear our sins, endure our penalty, and reconcile us to God.
Let the joyful news ring out
The Prince of Peace proclaim
Lift your heart and voice to shout
God has kept his promises
What a work of grace this is
Son of Mary, chosen One
The Lamb of God has come
(from Glory be to God free mp3 download)