I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of my readers a Happy Thanksgiving! We have much to be thankful for in the U.S. Even in our darkest times, we are much better off than the vast majority of the world.
A Google search showed that some version of the word thanks or thankful turns up 139 times in the Bible. As Christians, no matter our circumstances, we can be thankful because we know what eternity holds for us. Whatever we are going through here on earth is temporary. We know that we are treasured and loved by the One who called the universe into being, the One who calls the stars by name. We know that one day we will be reunited with those we have lost, those who we may have celebrated Thanksgiving with in times past. Knowing that gives us peace.
Before you sit down for your Thanksgiving feast, please join me in a prayer for those who are struggling this year for whatever reason. The holidays can be really tough for those who have suffered a loss of a loved one. Please remember those members of our military who can’t be home with their families because they are fighting to keep us safe. Remember their families who miss them terribly. Please remember those doctors and healthcare workers who are still in Africa fighting Ebola as well as all of the medical and law enforcement personnel here at home, who can’t be with their families because they are keeping others safe.
If you are struggling this year, please know that you are loved beyond your wildest imagination and that God has big plans for you. The Bible tells us so. Just lean in close and let Jesus cover you with grace and healing and peace.
If you are entertaining a bunch of family today, remember that everyone carries a certain amount of baggage with them. It’s usually best to let any offhand remarks go. Peace is a choice and usually a good one. Pray about the fruits of the Spirit today, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Sometimes you may need a double helping. I feel like God understands that and He sends it to us when we need it.
I’m so thankful that you join me here each day and take the time to read my words. I’m thankful for all of your comments and all of your kind encouragement. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your day is truly fabulous!
Have an awesome day!