My wife’s family has been talking a lot about inheritance this week.  After fifty-two years in the same house, her parents have decided to move into a retirement center.  Now the children are talking about estate and their future inheritance: who gets what and when.  For my wife and I, there is a basement grandfather clock that has special meaning to us, and here is why.  Upon returning from our honeymoon, we stayed in her parent’s basement.  We then experienced the grandfather clock next to the bed: every quarter, half, and full hour it bonged away, keeping us awake.  Finally, I had had enough.  I got out of bed and turned it off, but I forgot to restart it before we left.  Later, I learned my father-in-law was puzzled why it was not running.  I confessed that I had turned it off. 

This morning, I was reading Paul’s letter to the Galatians.  He tells us, “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs to the promise…When the time had fully come, God sent His son…to redeem that we might receive the full rights of sons…sins you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” Is this not wonderful?  Jesus redeemed us so we might receive the full rights of God’s children and become heirs to heaven.  Now here is a reason to enjoy our Thanksgiving holiday.