A Box of Love: Let’s take a minute to reflect on Thanksgiving

Published 1:02 pm Thursday, November 30, 2023

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“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” — Psalm 100:1. 

A box of love

Mary Simmons

Thanksgiving is over, and we had a glorious day. We sat around the table, thanking Jesus for the beautiful meal, family, and friends. Jesus gave us fantastic weather; it was such a lovely day we could have eaten outside if we had chosen. 

“O Lord our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth! Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens. We are praising Jesus and telling Him there is no one as great as He.” — Psalm 8:1. 

“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth.” — Psalm 8:9 

“I will praise Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Thou most high.” — Psalm 9:1-2. 

“I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” — Psalm 18:1-2 

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” —Psalm 34:1 

Jesus wants us to praise Him in the good and through the difficult times. 

“My soul shall make her boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” — Psalm 34:1-3 

I love Psalm 100 1:1-5. We should have Scriptures available when we need them for strength and comfort. I hope and pray that these verses will give you the comfort they gave me. 

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing,

Know ye that the Lord He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. 

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. 

For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations. 

Making a joyful noise reminds me of a revival church service where there is singing, clapping hands, and patting feet. We can hear the singing before we get to the church. 

Serve the Lord with gladness; Why should we serve the Lord with gladness? Because He is Lord, first, He made us; second, we are His children and the sheep of His pasture. Aren’t we happy to serve a God like Him? A shepherd takes excellent care of his sheep. If one gets lost, He goes to look for it. A God that takes care of us, we don’t mind serving. 

Now, we will enter His gates with thanksgiving and with praises because The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth lasts from one generation. The Bible verses we teach our children today will be passed down to our great-great-grandchildren. The wonderful thing about the Lord is that He does not change, but we adjust to become His child. 

We serve an awesome God; His arms are not too short to hold each of us simultaneously. 

I trust everyone had a good Thanksgiving. 

Be blessed in Jesus’ name. 

Mary Simmons is a columnist for The Kenbridge-Victoria Dispatch. She can be reached at aboxoflove37@gmail.com.