The Way that Never Fails

{By Beth Stiff}

 

It has been two years since we gathered around a table together for Thanksgiving. It has been two years since the Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C. when we gathered around our son’s table with his wife and a handful of sailors. It was as close to perfect as you can get this side of heaven.

 

We are missing family members at our table again this year.

 

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Gathering around the table with loved ones giving thanks for His many blessings, makes my heart sing and dance.

 

But I thank God for another day of being able to say, “It is well with my soul.” Even though we are not together, God keeps watch over my family both near and far. It is well.

 

After spending almost a year without my husband, too many holidays without him by my side, my gratitude runs deeper. The song, 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), by Matt Maher, rings truer: “For all his goodness I will keep on singing.”

 

The past twelve months were challenging ones. There were moments when I wanted to call it quits. There were moments when I pleaded to God, “Enough already. I’m not capable. Give the job to someone else.”

 

Sounds a bit like Moses, does it not?

 

We have the privilege of knowing how the story goes. He was born in a manger, ministered to the lost, persecuted for His faith, died on the cross for our sins and then rose again. No longer must we sacrifice animals as burnt offerings for forgiveness of our sins. We are forgiven. It is finished (John 19:30).

 

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The story He writes for us ends well. It ends with eternal life with Him. So really, it never ends.

 

Moses didn’t know the rest of the story. Yet, He trusted God. Through doubts and trials God built His faith and trust in Him. Isn’t His story also our story? Through our doubts and trials God builds our faith and trust in Him?

 

Will we choose to trust? Will we choose to stand firm in our faith as He writes our story? “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all” (Isaiah 7:9).

 

Choose to stand firm. Choose to trust. And give thanks.

 

We give thanks for we know where our story began. We give thanks because we once were lost and now are found. We give thanks because we are not who we once were. We give thanks for the story being written and for the promised ending.

 

We give thanks for there are ten thousand reasons and more to do so. Maybe you are in a hard place today.

 

Maybe you too are without loved ones. Maybe dark clouds keep you from seeing His blessings. They are there. They are always there. We need to lift our heads above the clouds. “The Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8). He is good always.

 

 

We have a promised ending. Our ending leads to a new beginning of eternal life with Him. But He also promises His love and grace right here and now.  As we go through this journey called life, He shows us the most excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31) to live our life. Another reason to give thanks, wouldn’t you say? The way is love.

 

For love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).

 

Without love, life does not work. Our everyday destination needs to be love. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8).

 

It’s all about love.

 

It’s the kind of love that will go to the cross for you. How do we love like that? If we look to Him, He will show us how.

 

My wish for us on Thanksgiving Day . . . let’s not only give thanks for the many ways He blesses us. What if we take the most valuable thing God has given you, love, and extend it to another? It’s the perfectness we are meant to enjoy.

 

“Jesus answered, The first and principal one of all commands is: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment. The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 (AMP)

 

 

(photo credit: heart photo from Cindee Snider Re, cover photo on path-at Laity Lodge by tammy.h.meyer)

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Beth Stiff picBeth Stiff is Simply Beth, at least that’s what her blog is called. A wife to her Army Reserve husband and a mom of two boys, with her oldest son serving in the Navy, and a mother-in-law too. She a Jesus lover, a family gal who loves her friends, and reading with a hot cup of coffee. Her life is changed, even after 20 years of marriage with a love that grows stronger. But the bottom line, is in the heart. Beth loves the heart things and to speak about the Love that changed her and keeps changing her. She’s an encourager who thrives on being in our corner. You can also find her over here, blogging, Twittering, Facebooking, and posting pictures to the Pinterest world.

 

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17 Comments on “The Way that Never Fails

  1. Love this —> “We give thanks for we know where our story began. We give thanks because we once were lost and now are found. We give thanks because we are not who we once were. We give thanks for the story being written and for the promised ending.”

    Such good, encouraging words here, Beth! xoxo

  2. “We give thanks because we are not who we once were.” Amen to that! It’s so nice to see your sweet face here at OTCG again, dear one! I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow. Even though there are still empty seats at the table, I’m so thankful your Hero is home! Blessings!

    • Me too, June. It brings my heart great joy to have him home for the holidays. And a phone call from our son yesterday has a big smile on my face. God is good. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Much love. xoxo

  3. The power in knowing that it will end well with eternal life with God, is so comforting for my heart and soul. Our stories intertwine because God is the Author of all and chooses to mesh them together. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving ad know that God is writing your next chapter even as I write this. Blessings!

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