3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritu-al blessing in the heavenly places.
-(Ephesians 1:3)-
How often do we hear this expression: ONLY IN OUR FAMILY?
There are words and expressions and things that we do and looks that are only understood within the family because they grow out of the family’s common experience and memories. This letter is to the members of the family of God or the Body of Christ. It is a sharing of the deep gladness that ONLY the family understands.
It reflects the joy in its deepest sense with which we look on home when home has proved itself through years of love, fellowship, and security. Home for us people of God is WHERE GOD IS. We sing in our heart “Happy the Home When God is There,” The United Methodist Hymnal #445.
The United Methodist Hymnal Number 445 Text: Henry Ware, Jr., 1794-1843 Music: John B. Dykes, 1823-1876 Tune: ST. AGNES, Meter: CM
Happy the home when God is there, and love fills every breast; when one their wish, and one their prayer, and one their heavenly rest.

2. Happy the home where Jesus’ name is sweet to every ear; where children early speak his fame, and parents hold him dear.

3. Happy the home where prayer is heard, and praise is wont to rise; where parents love the sacred Word and all its wisdom prize.

4. Lord, let us in our homes agree this blessed peace to gain; unite our hearts in love to thee, and love to all will reign.
(You can also listen to this Hymn on YouTube: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+video+of+the+Hymn+Hapy+the+home+when+God+is+there&view=detail&mid=2EDB4B43766F06C8B2102EDB4B43766F06C8B210&FORM=VIRE)
God is our Father. Christ has brought us to Him.
Sheer goodness God gives to us. All else called “good” will tarnish. The “good living” which advertisements glow (we see and hear them every day) about is based on “much having” (accumulation of things we do not need). Materially based “good living” is like bubbles that blows away with our breath. It is false front that falls in the first storm.
Yet there is a goodness or a blessedness that breathes the very breath of life. It is the goodness or blessedness of God that God Himself shares with us when we, through Christ, are drawn from our places to His place.
Thanksgiving Day is coming and with what we are going through, this year might be different. But, with God as the center of our thanksgiving celebration, I firmly believe that this will be one if not the best thanksgiving celebrations that we will have. Remember, “There are words and expressions and things that we do and looks that are only understood within the family because they grow out of the family’s common experience and memories.” Make it a common experience to seek God’s Manifest Presence during your Thanksgiving Celebration. God Bless!
Pastor Gideon

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