"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations" (Psalm 100 NIV).
Just as the trees stand barren without leaves, their branches reaching toward the heavens, it's time to stand tall with arms stretched in praise to God, the Maker of all things. There is so much to be thankful for during this time of year. The farmers have been blessed with good weather for harvesting. The grass remains green because of gentle rains and mild temperatures. The beauty of the changing seasons is all around us. We are blessed in Iowa to enjoy several days of 70 degree weather this week, delaying the arrival of the cold wind that often precedes the winter season.
But today I'm feeling thankful for being one of God's people. I claim His promise of love and faithfulness through all generations for myself, my children and my grandchildren. I am blessed to be the sheep of his pasture, protected and lovingly cared for! Great is our God and He is worthy of praise and thanksgiving. May our hearts be filled with gratitude this month, bringing God closer to us as we worship Him with our whole being. May we know that we are created in His image and be led to follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, while lifting our voices in joyful music. Amen.