Echoes From the Campfire

Where there’s people there’s a need for somebody to teach the ways of the Lord, lest they go heathen.”
              –Elmer Kelton  (The Buckskin Line)

    “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’”
              –Lamentations 3:22-24 (NKJV)
November, the month where the holidays begin.  What a wonderful time of the year!  Whenever I think of November my mind always turns to Thanksgiving and thus, being thankful.  I wrote a few weeks back that I didn’t think that we are every thankful enough to the Lord.  We tend to get off on our own tangents, not paying much mind to what the Lord has done unless it is called to our attention.  Then we quickly murmur a few “thank you’s” and go on our way.
    Stop sometime and take time to think, to contemplate, to meditate on what the Lord has done, how He has blessed you, what He has given you.  More than anything else we need to be thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ.

         “Give thanks with a grateful heart
          Give thanks to the Holy One
          Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.”
                    –Don Moen

    Try this for a little exercise during the month of November.  Get yourself a notepad, calendar, or maybe in one of the blank pages in your Bible (they are for notes, you know).  Each day, write down something that you are thankful for.  You can elaborate, or just simply write it down.  However, don’t stop there.  Take some time to contemplate on what you are thankful for.  Try to find a Scripture that will aid you.  I’m using Lamentations to start us off.
    I’m so thankful that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning.  His mercies are grand and glorious and they don’t fail.  We can have hope and be confident in that.  Without His mercies where would we be?  We would be doomed to perdition, to the flames of Hades.  But because of Jesus Christ, the faithfulness of God to us in giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins we can rest, have hope in Him, and be thankful.
    Today, on this first day of November, desire for God to be your portion, and never, ever forget that “Great is His faithfulness”!