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1 John 5:20

And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.

Tomorrow we will sit down to give thanks. We will reflect on the year and take time to focus on how thankful we are for our family, friends, careers, opportunities, etc.

As we reflect, we will no doubt see some things in our life that we wish weren't there; the sin, the guilt, the unforgiveness, the anxiety, worry, and fear. We might be tempted to dwell in that place for a while. We might even have to put on a mask and pretend we are thankful when really we are filled with something that is the opposite of thankfulness. 

Take hope. You are not alone.

You are not alone in the way you feel and you are not alone, period.

Use this as a time to lean in on your loved ones. Find hope in their support. Take off the mask and let them love you, then you will have something to truly be thankful for.

Take this time to look to your creator, that all powerful being who created time and space, who can hold the universe in his hand, and who knows the number of hairs on your head. He made a sacrifice for you. He entered into our lives in the form of Jesus and forever changed how we relate to him. He became something tangible that we could reach out and touch and find healing. He took on the weight of our sin, guilt, unforgiveness, anxiety, worry, and fear so that we wouldn't have to carry it with us.

As a result, we've been freed from it; free to live and to love in the same way that Jesus loves us. And there is a day coming when that weight will no longer even exist.

1 Corinthians 15:51-57

But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.

O death, where is your victory?

    O death, where is your sting?