"My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I'm going to prepare a place for you?" - John 14:2 NIV
Rain spatters down outside and brilliantly colored leaves fly from the trees, like hundreds of umber, crimson and orange birds that have finally been given their freedom. Inside, the house is toasty warm and filled with smells of freshly baked pumpkin pies and roast turkey. As we gather around to pray and give thanks for our blessings, there's one scene that always warms my heart more than any other this time of year....
It is this: a seat and a place at the table for each person gathered within. Its more than a place setting and a worn wooden chair - its the sense of belonging that comes along with it that reminds me of my place in this family and in this house. No matter how you will spend Thanksgiving Day, by yourself or in a house full of love and family, can I just remind you of one thing?
In God's house, there's a seat at the table and a placecard that spells out your name. In His garden, there's a bench seated there, just waiting for you to stop and rest. In His home you'll find a meal prepared just for you, for me and for anyone else who wants to come into His family. Won't you pull up a chair?
In this Thanksgiving season, one of the things I'm most thankful for is my family and also for being God's child. You can be His child too! It doesn't matter who you are, how old you are, what you look like or any of your past mistakes, Jesus longs to take You in His arms and say, "Welcome Home, My child." He wants to hang up your coat with which you've been shielding yourself from the coldness of the world and invite you in to share the warmth of His light and love.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus said in John 14:6 NIV, "I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
He is the Door through which we all must walk to be welcomed into God's kingdom.....
In John 10, Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd and us His sheep. He goes on to say....
"I am the Door. If anyone enters by Me, He will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture." - John 10:9 NKJV
So have a seat on the hearth and warm your hands by the fire; let your heart be warmed by the truth that God has a place for you, all you have to do is accept it. If you don't know Jesus and haven't yet come into God's family, I'd like to invite you to pray with me. Would you have a look at the Knowing Jesus page by clicking here? There you will find a simple explanation of God's way of Salvation through Jesus and a short prayer. Jesus died on the cross for your sins and rose again so you can have eternal life with Him forever! This can be the beginning of some of the best days of your life, just by accepting Jesus into your heart as Your Lord and Savior. Its as simple as opening the door of our heart to Him.....
I'll close with Jesus' words in Revelation 3:20 NIV,
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! God bless you!
By, Jessi Wasell
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