Editor’s Note for November 2014
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie, Codependent No More
November rings in a season of gratitude, and we can’t help but be overwhelmingly thankful when we recognize that we’re deeply loved by God. Once we grasp the truth that our identity lies in Christ, and that we’re chosen by God and uniquely designed to be part of His story, gratefulness can be our only response!
This month’s capturing the season encourages you to speak words of identity into the lives of the guests at your Thanksgiving feast. Consider using the conversation starters game at your holiday meal as a fun way to get to know your extended family and guests better.
God’s word retells the familiar story of the Prodigal Son, a person who forgot his identity as the beloved son of his father. It’s a story to which many of us can relate. Our global feature focuses on Iraq and reminds us to pray for the Christians being persecuted there. And marriage reminds us to spend time in God’s Word so we can root our identity in Christ—instead of finding our identity in our spouse.
This month, as you cultivate the environment of IDENTITY in your home and remember who you are and whose you are, we at HomeFront pray that your family, “being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” Ephesians 3:17–19.