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A Grateful Heart | From the Editors

  • November 2015 Issue
From the Editors

 If thankfulness could be implemented in an app, I would download it right away.

That’s because thanksgiving doesn’t come naturally or easily to me. The difficult circumstances or struggles that I go through often destroy the sense of gratitude for God’s love and goodness. Lack of thankfulness clouds my relationship with the Lord, and I start complaining.

We all need a godly perspective on ourselves, our lives, and our work if we are to have a grateful heart. Then we can thank God even for those times in the wilderness, and we can find His mercy and meaning in life’s difficulties. Here at Today in the Word, we have something better than a thankfulness app to give us that godly perspective on our work at Moody—your letters and emails. They fill our hearts with gratitude and remind us that our devotional is not a project but a ministry. Thank you all who wrote to us this year sharing your triumphs and trials, as well as the way Today in the Word helps you in your daily walk with Christ.

This month, when we celebrate Thanksgiving, we would like to feature some highlights from our readers’ letters, hoping they will encourage you as they have encouraged all of us at Today in the Word. Happy Thanksgiving!

I read Today in the Word because it offers me a “fresh serving” of the Bread of Life to nourish, guide, and challenge me each day. I appreciate the mix of Bible commentary, illustrations, and applications. I appreciate your devotional very much. I appreciate too that it is a “digestible” portion: not too long but certainly enough to help feed my soul. Thanks for the job you do. I read it in print form. I prefer to hold it in my hands.–Dave (via email)

I knew and believed about death and eternal life for a Christian, but when my 95-year-old mom went to be with the Lord in April 2010, and I was at her bedside, I realized the miraculous blessing the Lord has given us who believe in Him and His Word, as you have wonderfully explained in this devotional today [July 12, 2015]. Thank you again for your wonderful ministry to us.–Mona (via email)

I am a minister in a Jewish community, and I picked up Today in the Word at a Jews for Jesus event at Moody. I’m hooked on it. I went to seminary and I’ve been in ministry for 25+ years. I love the combination—it has good illustrations, context, exegesis, and practical application. It’s indispensable to me.–Donald (via phone call)

I gave January’s Today in the Word to a new friend I met from China. She emailed me recently and said that she has slept so much better now, having peace, as she’s read the devotionals I gave her. Now I’m going to give a gift so she can receive the devotional for a year. The Lord is the one who did it, but I’m so grateful I could be there for her! Thank you!–Anita (via phone call)

I am very thankful for [Today in the Word]. All of the devotions are very good and very helpful in growing my Christian life.–Lana (via email)

My wife was battling anxiety and depression in 2012—2013, and Today in the Word was influential in her getting through it. Thank you!–Jorge (via phone call)

I wanted to tell you how much I have been blessed over the years with your devotional. You have no idea how my faith and my life have changed by disciplining myself to read each passage of the Bible guided by Today in the Word. I have tried many others but never followed through or did not feel like I was getting the full meaning of a particular book. This month [June 2015] is my favorite: the book of Job.–Lesbia (via letter)

I wanted to let you know how significant Today in the Word has been in my life. If I miss a day, it’s very obvious to my level of peacefulness. I feel so connected to God and how to live. It is an important part of my life.–Marianne (via phone call)

Your ministry has been my lifeline while being locked in a Texas prison. This September 27 will be my 45th birthday. My life’s travels have been rough! A cat having 9 lives don’t have a thing over me. . . . Do you have any clue how hard it is to live life for 44 ½ years without knowing God? If I had a dime for each time someone would preach to me, I would be in the Forbes top ten richest people in the world. I just wanted to say thank you for watering the seed someone placed upon me so many days, weeks, months, or even years ago.–Shannon (via letter)

BY Elena Mafter

Elena Mafter has been working at Moody Bible Institute's Strategic 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 (she's fluent in several!)

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