I’ve seen phrases like “thankful” or “grateful” or “blessed” on t-shirts, jewelry, hashtags and more. It’s great that people are proclaiming these attitudes, but it takes more than a catch-phrase to have a truly thankful heart.
Can I give thanks when my heart is broken?
Can I be thankful when my finances are shot to pieces?
Can I feel blessed when there is a newly-empty chair at my table?
It’s not easy to lift our hands in praise when our heart is sinking with sorrow. Job showed us how to do this, as did the apostles and King David. They gave thanks to the Lord through tears, choosing to recognize God as their imperishable inheritance.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
To all my readers: Happy Thanksgiving!
I appreciate your encouragement and friendship over the past several years. May the Lord fill you with the abundance of His presence today and always.