I love participating in the blog party "Thankful Thursday" each week because it teaches us to be intentional about giving praise. Today's topic, Rescue, was chosen by this month's hostess Iris at Grace Alone.
She was sharing how grateful she was that the Lord rescues us from sin. I'm certainly grateful He does, too!
I was thinking, too, that not only am I grateful for that, but I'm glad He rescues whole families out of the pits of sin.
My great-grandfather became a Christian as a young man of 26. Here is what is written in his obituary: " In the year 1883 God's Holy Spirit opened his heart that he attended unto the things spoken from the Lord. Saying the time fulfilled the kingdom of God's at hand repent ye and believe the gospel having given himself to the Lord now gives himself to the Lord's people casting his lot with them in the Missionary Baptist Church (near his home town)."
I know I have written about this before, but I find it so beautiful!
I can't help but think that because God rescued my great-grandfather, who undoubtedly prayed for his children and grandchildren, He also saw fit to draw us to Himself. I base this belief on this scripture: "Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands."(Deut. 7:9)
Not every member of my family has chosen to walk with the Lord (so far) but I feel that the Holy Spirit keeps drawing them because of my great grandfather.
There's a lot of history of alcoholism on the other side of my family, and sadly some have followed in that lifestyle. But God is greater than any addiction, and I know that the prayers of faith that have gone on before reach beyond the grave and remind Him of His promises.
I'm thankful for Christian ancestors. Their example and prayers have made the difference - more than I'll every comprehend.
Now it is time to do my part: be a living example of Christ's redeeming love and to prayerfully plead for my children and grandchildren (and great grandchildren...) to be rescued!
To read other thankful hearts, visit Iris at Grace Alone.