Another Word…by Gus Keiser

I know the one in whom I trust, and am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. ~ 2 Timothy 1:12

For the first time in many years Thanksgiving Day fell on its governmentally appointed day of November 28.  It is a day on which we give thanks to God for the legacy he has given us.

 When we began life on earth, we became part of God’s family history.  Unfortunately for many, the years since have been filled with more family pain than joy.  Some people dread the holidays, because they serve up, rather than some scrumptious meal and a family gathering, cruel reminders of what they may have endured and still grieve.  Picture perfect portrayals of happy holiday gatherings around tables laden with heartfelt warmth drowned long ago in gravy boat of lost hopes.

 If only we could turn back time and convince God to spare our families from the hurts that twist and tear.  But God will not change the past.

 However, he does offer us a future.  And a future is so much better than a past.  God invites us to a spiritual legacy of healing, hope, and more love than anyone has ever mourned losing.  If we know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we are part of a spiritual history that extends back to heal the past while reaching with hope into the eternal future.  Our legacy in God’s holy family covers it all: our brokenness, grief, confusion, misery, fear and despair.  And that same legacy goes with us beyond our last breath on earth, carrying us straight into the loving arms of our heavenly Father.

 So we do have a loving family this holiday season.  Jesus, our spiritual brothers and sisters, and most of all, our heavenly Father has become our family when we acknowledged our need for Jesus’ salvation.

 Our history, with all its bumps and bruises, will feel uniquely precious to us on that day when we meet our Savior face to face.  So let’s move that promise to the forefront of  our thoughts  Come to know the one that we trust, for he is the one that guards our hearts for himself, and he is elated at the thought of returning for us one day.

 What an incredible reason for us to offer our thanks and praise to him!

Lord, how we wish for a happy family legacy.  Please help us to build on the legacy you have so graciously shared with us.  Amen.