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What We Are Grateful For

  • November 2014 Issue
From the Editors

Thanksgiving has always been, and still is, my favorite holiday. Ever since I immigrated to the United States 24 years ago, this “American” holiday has become my favorite—no greeting cards, no gifts, no fancy clothes—just a gathering of family and friends around a dinner table and a simple thank you.

This holiday has also been for me a lesson in American history and an introduction to new food, rarely found in Europe: sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce (which didn’t look like potatoes or sauce). But what attracted me most about Thanksgiving is taking your eyes off what you don’t have, wanted to have, or will never have and, instead, focusing your mind on what you do have—and thank God for that. I found out that giving thanks is one of the best ways to take a deep breath, remember the Lord’s mercies, change your perspective, and smile.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and talk about joy in our study this month, we’d like to thank our readers. They say the only eternal things we have here on earth are the Word of God and the people of God. We at Today in the Word have a wonderful opportunity to bring the study of God’s Word to the people of God. We are grateful for Today in the Word and for our readers who make this ministry possible with prayer and financial support. Thank you as well for your letters, emails, and phone calls.

We’d like to share with all of you some of the feedback we received from our readers this year. We hope it will encourage you as it did our Today in the Word team.

I just love the second volume of Best of Today in the Word. The print size is comfortable for reading. It is such a blessing to me!
– Nancy (via phone call)

I wanted to thank [the writer] Bryan Stewart for the work on the April issue. I enjoyed the devotions very much and shared a couple with a coworker and also with family. I can tell prayer goes into each issue. God bless you and keep up the good work.
– Ed (via email)

Today in the Word was advertised [in the Moody Magazine] and we received the first copy. We have been getting it ever since and have found it so helpful in so many ways. Both my husband and I are physically handicapped, so many of the devotional subjects are such an encouragement to us! Three years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The surgeries and chemo left me weak and exhausted and I was rarely able to attend church. Your devotions meant even more to me then and gave me the courage and peace to continue on. Often, when I was feeling that I couldn’t do another treatment, the devotional for that day gave me the lift I needed to hang in there. My cancer was a very aggressive one so the treatments had to be aggressive as well, which meant I had to spend many days in bed with my Bible and Today in the Word by my side. I’ve been cancer free for a year now and l look forward to going on with my life and being the encouragement others need to come through this. I look forward to many more years of benefiting from people with more knowledge and more insight and the ability of introducing fresh insights into Scripture that I’ve known for years. Thank you for Today in the Word, we appreciate it so much.
– Carol, Fruitvale, Canada

Today’s word was about moving. I am moving after a divorce, and I am unemployed right now. The words in the reading gave me comfort, knowing that God is with me always. I believe God brought me to the specific message that He wanted me to hear. Keep up the good work you are doing, blessing and reassuring your readers that God loves them and will never let them go.
– Gordon (via website)

Today in the Word has been very inspirational to us, inmates at Cook County Department of Corrections. I’m trying to help win lost souls around here. I thank God for your Today in the Word. I read it every night in Deck Prayer that we have at 8:45 p.m., Monday through Sunday, with my brothers in jail.
– Charles, Chicago, IL

Dear readers, you can contact Today in the Word on our website www.todayintheword.com, by calling us at 1-800-356-6639, or on the Today in the Word page on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you!

BY Elena Mafter, Associate Editor

Elena Mafter has been working at Moody’s Marketing and Communications department since 1999 and has been part of the Today in the Word team in a variety of roles: editor, proofreader, project coordinator, and contributing columnist. A transplant to the United States, she loves traveling, getting to know other cultures, and learning foreign languages.

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