November ~ the “be ye thankful” month. It will be difficult for many to give thanks. You may know of those who are losing hope while struggling through unthinkable tragedies in the hard-to-give-thanks places. I know many . . .
But it doesn’t make God any less good.
Circumstances cannot determine our gratitude. Although our story may not be the way we would’ve written each chapter, when we take inventory and see our life as good – that’s true thanksgiving. A wonder work of grace within our heart.
It’s easy to give thanks when everything goes well, but the middle of our story is where we see who we are. Who He is. When I review my middle seasons, I look back at what I learned while I was in that cold place. I also remember not wanting to be there . . .
We go where our thinking takes us – if we’re not thankful, we’ll dwell on why we’re not.
In order to walk in gratitude we need to dwell in His rich Word, Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of God dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts. Colossians 3:15, 16
May we let the shalom-peace of Christ rule our heart within our homes, our churches, our schools and communities. And may it rule around the table when we gather with those we love (and those who are hard to love) this Thanksgiving. Like some of you, my table has been altered by loss and I cherish the empty chairs filled with memories of those who once occupied that special place in my life.
It’s unfortunate how family drama divides people when we have the ability and opportunity to be with one another – now. Our people are our gift.
Each day is a sacred opportunity to give thanks and show His love and kindness to others.
We need to know that . . .
And may every one of you be blessed ~ with the peace that rules . . .
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1