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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Thankgiving Eve
11/23/2016

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

John 15:9-17 KJV
(9) As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
(10) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
(11) These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
(12) This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
(13) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
(14) Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
(15) Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
(16) Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
(17) These things I command you, that ye love one another.

As I sit and ponder about Thanksgiving Day feast this year, I been thinking about Thanksgiving Day past. For several years I spent them by myself. I fixed behind a computer. It a dangerous place to never move from a couch or a chair. Yet if one only spends time alone, you loose something so dear. Remember those shut ins, and disabled that might not get out so much. Think about those families that try so hard every year to make their elders and their disabled feel extra special for Thanksgiving. If you can not be there can you take a meal, can you spend a little time even if it is after your tummy all stuffed with Thanksgiving Day Turkey. Most people I know have family around them for Thanksgiving and those that do not have no trouble open their mouth and let you know they like a plate, or some turkey for Thanksgiving. If I am having it my house I have no trouble sharing it, but to share from another table that another story.

There a point I want to make is that love this time year does not seem so self sacrificing when one has around them family and friends, it is the emptiness of a home without friends that one finds themselves without joys of the holidays. See love is what truly matters when it comes to the holidays. Shelters and churches giving of what they have to feed the hungry, Everyone doing their best to make sure everyone gets a good meal. Yet if we care so much would we not do it all year through. No it is those special dinners hoping all will be feed that everyone goes back to work and thinking of themselves because they have no time to worry about others. No that is not so. Ask someone who loose a friend, or family member, how many friends are there to help in hard times. People are still caring if they know. Some only well wishers, but others lending a hand.

Consider this holiday as only a reminder of what you do already through out the year. It is the caring year round that make s a difference, it not the carrying only once in a while. Jesus for a three year ministry minister to the sick, the crippled, the blind, the deaf and dead he would bring back to life. Yet He talk to the crowd of people from all over that would come hear Him speak. Yet He spoke truth in parables of love, hope, law, and always about His Father and the Holy Spirit. He feed the crowd even when there was very little food to be found. He took the time to care. He taught His disciples that if they loved Him and His Father they would love and be willing to lay their life down for a friend. Yet he laid his life down for strangers. Everyone He knew by name, but they knew Him not. His disciples knew Christ compassion and willingness to share and to love. Disciples understood not about what it meant to lay one’s life down for a friend, for Christ had not died and risen yet. It would be in a little while that He be going to the cross.

We lay our life down through wars, charity and compassion for others in times of need. It is the simple message of compassion that touches our hearts, because we all know the time of loneliness can be welcoming, but it can be also a time of needing others around. It is the hours of time spent with others that remind you of the hope of heaven. Time when those you care about you will spend time with, maybe more time then you even thought you could desire.

Dear Heavenly Father has we think on the plans for Thanksgiving, let us not forget to thank you for friends and love. For the compassion of others that give around us, as well as our own ability to give and share. Let us not forget those around us, but to give as we able everyday to make life better for others and not just ourselves. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Countdown To Thanksgiving 1 Days left: Thank God for compassion and self sacrifice of others

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:1 John 4:7-12 KJV
(7) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
(8) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
(9) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
(10) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
(11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
(12) No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

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