ABC’s of Thanksgiving – Letter A

Ephesians 5:20 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tell us to always give thanks to God in all circumstances in Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua.

Always being thankful no matter what my situation? Really? You’ve got to be kidding! But that’s God’s command to Christian and Messianic believers. So, just what does this mean?

Letter A

All-inclusive resorts have gained in popularity among vacationers. For one price, from start to finish their every need and many wants areĀ  provided for on the resort premises. No need to search elsewhere. Ultimate convenience. From beginning to end, from first to last, touristsĀ  are cared for.

Just like God. From the start of my life to the end of it, I receive His care in meeting my needs. He is there at my birth, and He is there at my death. Just as important, He is there throughout my existence.

The saying “from A to Z” includes all the other letters of the alphabet. So it is with God’s name “Alpha and Omega” (Revelation 1:8). Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet; omega is the last letter. Indicated is everything in between. That means:

  • times of good experiences as well as bad;
  • times of rejoicing as well as grief;
  • times of health as well as sickness;
  • times of comfort as well as distress.

That’s when I remember God is included in my every situation. For that I am most grateful.

Alpha and Omega shows me He is all-inclusive. Nothing that I need or want is found outside of Him. Another point of view concerning this name reveals my own identity which is another reason for thanksgiving:

Remind me today that I can’t be everything to everybody because such faulty thinking places me on the same plane as You. Only You are All in All (1 Corinthians 15:28).