Pecan pie and Turducken, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! My house is full of family today. We are happily cooking and baking and visiting and playing.Of course there will also be dishes. I am grateful for my full house and God’s abundant provision. I am even grateful for dirty dishes and what they represent.

We will bow our heads in prayer today and voice our gratitude to God. These earthly prayers will lift to heaven where they will blend with the perpetual thanksgiving that surrounds God’s throne.

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever,the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throneand worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”

Rev 4:9-11

All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:

Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.

Rev 7:11-12

And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and have begun to reign.

Rev 11:16-17

In heaven, the elders, the living creatures, the angels, and all the citizens of heaven offer constant praise, worship, and thanksgiving to God. Let’s consider today as practice for eternity. May we lift thanksgiving and praise today that glorifies the One who was, and is, and is to come. Hallelujah!

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