Thursday, November 24, 2016


In Psalm 100:4-5, we read: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.”

“Sara, will you help me with this cleaning?” Grandmother took the silver candlesticks to the cabinet by the sink.

“Yuck, those old candlesticks looks awful. Why don’t we use the wooden ones?”

“These are my Thanksgiving candlesticks. And I need your help.” Grandmother had the silver polish and soft cloths in her hands. "These were wedding presents. I treasure them.”

Grandmother showed Sara how to clean the candlesticks. Apply the polish, rub the polish off.

“They’re beginning to shine.” Sara held the candlestick for her Grandmother to see.

Finally, the silver free from the tarnish, the candlesticks helped to reflect the light from the candles. Perfect for their Thanksgiving meal.

“We’re like those candlesticks, Sara. We become tarnished from things we do or say. Did you know the candlesticks did nothing to become tarnished? Just stay in their places and the world around them did the rest. They contributed the tarnish, we did the cleaning.”

“Now they’re ready to grace the table for all to see and provide light. How great is that?”

I’ve never  been excited about being “rubbed” or “polished” by our Lord, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the Lord is good and merciful. Through circumstances in my life, He is in the process of preparing me to enter His Kingdom.

Kingdom Thinking. The Lord Jesus invites us into His kingdom. He handles our tarnished lives so we  can enter with thanksgiving and praise. His truth endures to all generations. He invites you in, too. Won’t you come to Him?