Today is Thankful Thursday and so I thought about words that are related to being thankful. It occurred to me that if we are thankful for what we have been given and for the blessings in our life, we will have a glad heart, we will worship the Lord gladly, and we will show the world the gladness that we possess. Here is a poem about the source of our gladness, which is God’s love found in Christ Jesus.
Glad, Gladly, Gladness
A Biblegateway.com search of the New Living Translation for the word “glad” returned 80 verses that contained either glad, gladly, or gladness. All are rooted in the blessing of the Lord’s salvation. These are two of my favorites:
Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return.
They will enter Jerusalem singing,
crowned with everlasting joy.
Sorrow and mourning will disappear,
and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
“Jesus said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad.”
The people said, “You aren’t even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!”
Are you glad today because you know Jesus loves you? Then share your gladness with those around you so that may go forth gladly as well.