How thankful are we in this life and the life to come?

On Thanksgiving Day, I just finished reading the life and tragic death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by hanging.  Eric Metaxas is the author of this intriguing tome, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.

As I finished reading the biography on this celebratory day of thanksgiving, I learned of  Bonhoeffer’s confidence, even joy, to live life for Christ and to die is gain.

Here is his testimony, the last recorded words of Bonhoeffer as he leaves his prison cell to certain death:
“This is the end…for me the beginning of life” [528].

What a testimony and legacy to leave behind for future generations!  It is a testimony that should remind us how to be thankful and hopeful in the blessings on earth and in heaven to come.  It is also a reminder from where we should draw our strength.  Our Lord and Savior!

The challenge for families to be strong in the faith is to realize that all of our blessings (even difficulties) are given to us through our Lord who desires for us to trust in Him!