Holiness Today is the denominational magazine for the Church of the Nazarene and features stories of God at work in the world.
Sitting in a nice little apartment in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2018, I began to reflect on a weekend that I had spent in Ethiopia, near the border with South Sudan.
Every year Christians prepare for the birth of Christ. We remember how Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph. We reflect on the beauty of the incarnation—God becoming human and dwelling among us.
The arrival of Christmas announces to the world again that God walked among men through the supernatural conception and virgin birth of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:23).
Paul’s writings personify gratefulness. Thirty-four times he gives thanks or encourages others to be grateful. I learn from Paul some of the things for which I should be thankful.
It is easy to thank God when we get what we want the way we want it. Those are the things we usually count, naming them one by one and being pleasantly surprised at what the Lord has done.
It was a time of great discouragement. I was on maternity leave from my job, expecting our fourth child, and my husband was ill and temporarily out of work.
When Jesus taught His disciples to pray “our Father,” He gave us the key word in our understanding of God (Matthew 6:9).
In the Old Testament
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