When you’re going through hard times, you want to just keep going. You want to get to a better place and the last thing you can imagine is that you have anything to be grateful for. I know because during the recovery phase from my strokes, I wondered if it was even worth all the effort I was making. I wondered why I was working so hard to do simple things. Progress was slow. Nothing was reasonable.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I am reminded that hardships and difficulties are not things that fill the heart with gratitude. Scripture says to give thanks in all things, not for all things. God knows we need his help for all things. He invites us to the table so that we can be fed by His grace and mercy. He knows what we need and He alone can strengthen and renew our bodies.
So what can we be grateful for when we are dealing with issues of health, or loss, or financial despair? We can be thankful that we are not alone. God has placed us in the loving care of many people. We have family and friends and coworkers and church members who pray and visit and help us pass the time until we are fully recovered. We are blessed with knowledgeable people who assist us in therapy and who keep us feeling safe emotionally and physically.
We have many reasons to be grateful at this special time of year. As you gather with your family and friends, lift up your hearts and your voices to God and let Him know how grateful you are to have another day, another chance to heal and grow and serve Him in the days ahead.
May God heal your body, your heart and your spirit a little more each day.
Always be thankful. Let the teaching of Christ live in you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and instruct each other by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:15-16, NCV