Hey there family,
Yes…it’s Thanksgiving! A day for food, football, friends and family! And while that’s true, the holiday season often sparks feelings of loneliness, longing and mindless complaining sometimes.
Recently, I was talking to a friend who was lamenting about how he didn’t have any family at all–his parents are deceased and he is estranged from his only sibling. I joined in and to say that most all my friends/family are married and it sometimes saddens me when I see the couples go home arm in arm while I roll alone. For a minute, I think we may have been in competition for who had the saddest story! A word from Jesus pumped my brakes on the complaining!
While these sad moments are REAL and we should talk to someone about what is bothering us, the Lord reminded me how truly blessed we are! In the midst of naming what we do not have and want, we really need to turn that around and name what God has given us and we will find the latter will outweigh the former.
I’m grateful to God for salvation, life, health, work, education, strength, family, friends, a roof overhead, raiment, freedom, the ability to think, reason, work, move, see, hear—and although I am single, I thank God that by His grace, I am not in a relationship where I am miserable, depressed or abused. And for those who are lacking, I thank God for the ability to pray, intercede and help where I can! I could fill pages with some of the other things, areas and blessings where I KNOW the hand of God worked on my behalf. Start counting your blessings and you will see you have a similar testimony! God is really GOOD, isn’t He?
So on this special Thanksgiving Day and everyday, try and recall what Lamentations 3:22-23 says: “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is His faithfulness.”
Great is His faithfulness, great is our thankfulness.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend and God bless you!