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Happy Thanksgiving!

If you have read today’s Old Testament reading, you will find the inspiration for my favorite hymn of all time, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” The passage is Lamentations 3:22-23:

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.

A few years back, when we left Mississippi, and left our former church, Broadmoor Baptist, the folks in the music ministry fulfilled a tradition by giving us a Baptist Hymnal, with kind words of encouragement and prayers written by various members for us, the departing family, above or below each one’s favorite hymn. The following kind words and encouragement were written by one of our dear friends, Susan W., on the page with “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”:

“I pray you will always be aware of God’s faithfulness in your life, clinging to the hope and knowledge of it in the valleys and celebrating it on the mountain tops. Philippians 4:4-7. Susan.”

What an encouragement for us all! Celebrate God’s goodness no matter what!

Philippians 4:4-7, the passage she quoted, says:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

And so from my family, who will be gathering together this day with four generations present in Tucson, to yours, we wish you a most blessed Thanksgiving!

We leave you with the words of the great hymn:

Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Words by Thomas O. Chisholm, Music by William M. Runyan

Great is Thy Faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy Faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Great is Thy Faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy Faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!