In J.B. Phillips' translation, the ending of the book of Jude goes this way: "Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glory without fault and with unspeakable joy, to the only God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before time was, now, and in all ages to come, Amen."
As we wake to this, our week of Thanksgiving, I'm giving myself the challenge of settling for nothing less than Jude's "unspeakable joy" this week. I personally desire to be so filled with thanksgiving that, deep down in me, the joy of the Lord is able to bubble and simmer and express itself in words and tones and thoughts that are unspeakable, they are so glorious. Would you join me in this challenge and expectancy?
Come, Lord Jesus. You exist "before time was, now, and in all ages to come." Would you now come dwell in us with all your glorious joy?
Happy Thanksgiving week!