Something to be Thankful for

The question that seems to be on everyone’s lips this week is, “What are you most thankful for this year?” I guess its time to start making our, “Things to be thankful for,” list. Yours could quite literally be a written list but, if you are anything like me, it’s more likely to be a mental one. Or perhaps you feel as though you have little to nothing to be thankful for this year. Hopefully by the end of this blog you will either be adding to your list or starting one.

There is a popular song out right now called “Known” by Tauren Wells. It’s a beautiful song. If you get the opportunity to listen to it, pay close attention to the words. There is one particular phrase in the song that really gets me thinking, “I’m fully known and loved by You.”

What does it mean to be fully known? My dictionary app is one of my best writing friends. Some synonyms I found to replace the word fully are: completely, entirely, perfectly, thoroughly, through and through, totally and wholly. How about the word known? The meaning of the word known is to come to a knowledge of.

I would venture to say that there is not a single person in this world that fully knows you or me. They might think they know us but in reality people only know about us what we allow them to know. I mean, they would have to know everything about us: everything we have ever done, every word we have ever spoken, every thought we have ever thought and even every motive or intention of our heart. Now, that is completely knowing someone.

Oh, and what are the chances of finding a person that not only knows us through and through but loves us regardless? I’m talking about the kind of love that doesn’t criticize us. The kind of love that never changes toward us no matter what we have done, are doing or will do. The kind of love that knows us completely and remains kind, gentle, understanding and patient with us. The kind of love that never thinks less of us. That is almost impossible to find in this world. I would venture to say that the closest we could come to finding that kind of love may be the love of a parent for their child.

Isn’t that what we all want? To be completely known and completely loved simultaneously. I do! We all do! There are things that I could tell you about my past or things that I struggle with today, in my heart, that would cause you to think of me differently or speak of me differently. It would be humanly impossible not to. As a matter of fact, you may not even treat me the same way. There is only One who will ever entirely, through and through, know us and still love us entirely, through and through. That’s God; our Heavenly Father!

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. 1 John 4:8 God is love. God can’t not love us. Love is who He is.

He knows us completely because He created us. Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Psalm 139:13 For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.

Not only does God fully know us and fully love us but He also fully understands us. Wow! There is actually someone that understands why we do what we do and why we say what we say? He even understands what we meant to say when the words just came out wrong or were misinterpreted. He understands our intentions. Now that’s huge! How often are we misunderstood weekly or even daily? It hurts to be misunderstood. And it usually makes things worse when we try to explain ourselves. I’ve kind of given up on the explaining part. At this point in my life my thinking is, “God understands and that’s all that matters.” In my experience, most people don’t really want to understand. They only want to make their point. And that’s ok because God understands them too. That takes us back to being fully known and loved by God. Now we have come full circle!

Hebrews 2:17, 4:15 For this reason He (Jesus) had to be made like them (us), fully human in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. For we do not have a high priest (Jesus) who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet He did not sin.

There is someone who knows you perfectly, loves you perfectly and understands you perfectly. He is the Creator of heaven, earth and you. Now that’s something to be thankful for!

Nehemiah 9:6 You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship You.

~Patrice Maguire

If you would like to accept Christ as your savior pray the following prayer:                   Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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