Thank you Jesus:

  • For loving me always
    • When I’m good
    • When I’m bad
    • When I shine for you
    • When I selfishly take over
  • For dying for me
    • That I might forgive others
    • That I might love all unconditionally
    • And most of all, that I will have life eternal with You!

Thank you, Jesus! –Anonymous

Dear Jesus, Thank you for guiding my life even when I didn’t deserve it or know it. You are my life and my light and I love You so very much and thank you! –Debbie

Dear Jesus, Thank You so much for 2019. Thank you for the time You allowed me to spend with my brother before he went to be with You. Thank You that he is in your very Presence now! And, thank You for daily living proof that You are who You say You are, Your promises are true and faithful, and You carry us every single day! My heart is so full, and You are the reason. I love You so much. Your daughter, –Kim

Dear Jesus, I pray and thank You for Your love so great so that you sent your Son. Please help me to be like Mary with faith in You so great! –Anonymous

I’m thankful for my family, my husband. And I’m thankful for all the times God has been by my side when I needed him most. I’m thankful for God giving me another day to be with my family, and for Calli and her daddy for coming by on the way to school. They are my heroes and I thank God for them and their love. Also my husband for always staying with me through thick and thin, sickness and health. I feel so blessed, and God must really have a plan for me. –Anonymous

Thank You God! At Christmas, we are reminded of God sending His son to earth in order to free mankind from their sin. By accepting Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, they will be seated at the right hand of God our Father and receive everlasting life. God-Thanking you everyday for sacrificing Your Son in order to show me, and my son, what it means to be a Christian and disciple of Christ. Thanking you for having our paths come across Pastor Sam and Kathy as they have helped us continue this discipleship. I pray for strength in my journey and that Mark will continue to look to You for guidance as he becomes an adult. I love You! –Christine

The Greatest Gift of All… When I was very young I lived in the city. My family was raised in a normal house on a normal street with a mom, a dad, two sisters, and one little brother. Christmas time was great. My siblings and I would go to a department store and shop in a kid-only department for our mother, our father, and each other. Then Christmas day would come and we would get lots of great gifts. We would spend many days playing with all our gifts with each other and our friends from the neighborhood.

When I turned eight my family and I moved from the city to a working farm here in Louisa. We moved from a three story house in the city to a two-room shack that had been previously used as a tobacco barn with no indoor plumbing. Not long after we moved to the farm house my mother and father split up. My two sisters went with my mom, and my brother and I stayed with my dad. Now Christmas was much different and gifts took on a whole new meaning. Instead of looking forward to a new bike or toy we now looked forward to a box of food that had come from a local church or kind neighbor.

Time moves on and now I am seventeen getting ready for the next change in my life. Like all teenagers I thought I knew everything. I thought I knew the true rewards of giving or getting a gift. I spent the next thirty-seven years of my life trying to give back. I would spend time helping a stranger out with a problem, or many times when I was dining out with family or friends, I would slip off early to pay the bill for everyone. I spent this time really feeling good about giving gifts.

This brings me to November 2018 and the next big change in my life. I started my walk with Jesus and learned that the greatest gift of all is not a new toy or a free meal. It is the gift of eternal life. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Wow, what a gift! So, what am I thankful for? For sure I am thankful for Jesus and His gift of eternal life. I am also thankful for my loving church family teaching me how to be able to receive this awesome gift and showing me how I can teach others about The Greatest Gift of all. –Josh

Dear Jesus (born as a baby, just like I was); Son of God; God; Martyr; Holy Spirit; Friend; Savior; Lord… to name just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of You. Thank You for all these roles You’ve been in my life. THANK YOU!… my heart just wants to repeat that over and over… out loud, quietly, reverently… over and over… thank You!! I look forward to meeting you face-to-face one day, when I join You in heaven. When I see You there, I will hug You, sobbing in joy, I’m sure, shouting, “Thank You.” Happy birthday, Jesus. I love YOU!! Always, –Your Daughter

Dear Jesus, Thank You for forgiving my sins and making the sky bluer, the grass greener, and my friends’ smiles brighter. Thank You for being with me all the time, even when I don’t see it, and thank You for helping me to grow to trust You more. Thank You Jesus for an amazing wife, beautiful children, and good friends! Thank You for food to eat, water to drink, and a warm home to live in. Thank You Lord for giving me Your word, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit to direct my life. Thank You for a purpose to live for, Lord. Thank You for Your many promises about the future and for Your assurance that You will never change and our future is secure. Thank You Lord that You love ordinary, needy people like me, and that You are shaping our lives into something healthy, beautiful, and useful. I am forever grateful and looking forward to the day when I am privileged to see You face to face and to enjoy You and Your people forever. With all my heart! –Sam

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