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As I look at the cup God has placed in my hand ... the very hand that he gave me, too ... I see that it overflows with his blessings. It is not half full. It is not half empty. It overflows with his goodness and mercy. My words cannot adequately express my thoughts this Thanksgiving Day, so I will simply share with you a sampling of greetings our Lord gives to us through Saint Paul.

"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus." (1 Corinthians 1.3-4)

"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all mercies and the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1.2-3)

"Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen." (Galatians 1.3-5)

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ." (Ephesians 1.2-3)

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer." (Philippians 1.2-3)

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints." (Colossians 1.2-4)

"Grace to you and peace. We always thank God for all of you, making mention of you constantly in our prayers. We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 1.1-3)

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, since your faith is flourishing and the love each one of you has for one another is increasing." (2 Thessalonians 1.2-3)

God is Good ... all the time, and I hope you get a sense of the message he would have you hear and receive from these greetings sent your way. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. ... He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness ... my cup overflows." (Psalm 23.1,3,5)

Have a blessed Thanksgiving, my friends. Enjoy the day ... and the food ... and the conversations (and the quiet times) ... and the day ... but, most of all, the fact that the cup God has placed in your hand ... the very hand that he gave you, too ... overflows with his goodness and mercy ... and it always will.

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