Today, I am thankful for the Word of God. The Bible. The Holy Word. The Scriptures.
At every turn, and in every moment of my life, I have been able to read the Bible and find answers, find peace, find support. God gave us such a rich and warm book to read and to study, and it gives us the opportunity to build a better and more meaningful relationship with Him.
When I was a child, I learned all the books of the Bible, I knew all the disciples’ names, and I had memorized many key verses, including Psalm 119. I had even willingly made a list of every known name for Jesus in the Bible on notebook paper. (Yes, I was a writer even then…and, yes, my Mom still has the list.).
All of those activities, all of the Bible-focused learning laid the foundation for me spirit and for my heart as I continued to grow from a young child to a teenage to a college graduate. I learned from the scriptures that God was my Father, my friend and confidant, and my Savior.
God’s Word was alive in Me.
I loved reading the stories of Esther and Ruth, strong women of the Old Testament. I enjoyed the testimonies of Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Joseph and the coat of colors, and of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace. And, of course, the story of Mary and Joseph at Christmas was a tradition that signaled the birth of Christ and the celebration of our faith. I give thanks for all the pastors, youth leaders, children’s church workers, and Sunday school teachers who brought those stories to life for me and embedded them into my heart.
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Hearing about the power of God’s word now in church and from my pastors takes on fresh meaning. I’m being re-taught now, as an adult, those same, unchanging passages that I loved as a child, and their message, their stories, are being layered into my life in new ways. They create new impacts on my life as a woman, as a wife, and as a mother wanting to have honest relationship with Christ and to instill a love for God’s word in my own family.
God’s word is still alive to this day, it is still a strong force, and it is breathing life into people as they commit their hearts, souls and minds, their very lives, to Him. And, it is still breath-taking and amazing to read about a Father who loved us so much He sent His son to this earth knowing full well the sacrifice He was being asked to make on our behalf. Beyond Amazing.
I am thankful for God’s Word, the Bible, and I am giving thanks that it remains the same, never changing, always true.