“Cultivating an attitude of gratitude, thankfulness for thanksgiving…”
There is much to be thankful for.
This isn’t so obvious when we’re harried and exhausted, when there are “a billion” things to do and there is no time, when you’re stretched thin and emotionally strained. Gratitude isn’t so obvious in sickness or financial trouble, in marital conflict or loneliness, sudden accident or domestic violence. Thankfulness is difficult to cultivate in the barren fields of a desert—literal or figurative—or in open hostile conflict.
Still, knowing that we ought to be thankful, where do Christians begin?
It’s too easy to forget about those things that we take for granted—the sun, the rain, the air we breathe, the friends we see everyday, the family that can push our buttons but also share our joys and carry our burdens. Life is all of this; the good and the bad, the laughter and the tears. God has given us all of this, allowing for these human experiences so that we might know His heart, His providence, His grace and His love in a paradoxically sinful and beautiful world. In all the human experiences of life that are accompanied by all the corresponding emotions, reactions, dreams and hopes, God calls us to be thankful.
Our journey reveals our sinfulness and weakness and points to His steadfast love and strength. Everyday in this present life takes us one day closer to eternity—we learn to anticipate the best. Every moment of suffering and heartache has the powerful possibility of making us that much more compassionate and empathetic to those around us.
So, this Thanksgiving, no matter the circumstances, may God fortify your spirit, broaden your shoulders and encourage your heart. He has allowed all in your life and He is good always.
There is indeed much to be thankful for.