Giving Thanks

November 26, 2020 • Filed under: • Tagged:

Thank you for reading my blog.

I often pray for this small space on the internet that makes room for God to show up, and I often pray for my subscribers. I know there are other blogs you can follow and you may be led elsewhere, but while you stay, it’s great to have you.

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

None of us are probably celebrating Thanksgiving in a way we had imagined. Large family gatherings have been suspended or severely limited all across our land. I cooked for three this year and made plates to distribute afterward.

Many of us have had difficult years that have included suffering. As if that hasn’t been hard enough, we have had to respond to suffering in new ways. Sparsely attended funeral  services, masks that conceal the facial expressions of compassion underneath, eyes that are windows to the soul but so difficult to see from six feet away, and little to no human touch. Some have said good-bye to loved ones on Facetime, or said good-bye only in prayers, banned from hospital or nursing homes for COVID reasons. Our employment, relationships, education and daily lifestyles have all been altered.

And yet today is Thanksgiving day.

God asks us to give thanks in all things (1 Thess. 5:18) and to never grumble (Phil. 2:14). God asks us to be content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:11-12)

Thanksgiving we can all share.

#1 Jesus

No matter our circumstances, all believers can rejoice in the fact that God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law…We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. (Romans 3:21-22)

#2 God wins over suffering

We were all born into suffering because of our broken relationship with God, creation, and each other in Genesis 3 HERE when Adam and Eve each decided they would live apart from God’s design. Immediately,

God cried out, “Where are you?”

…and He has been chasing us with His love ever since. He sent His Son to heal our broken relationship with Him, and He uses the suffering Satan intended for evil, for our good. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. (Romans 5:3-4)

We may not be able to thank God for the suffering, but we can thank God for His intervention that uses suffering for good. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

May you experience God’s presence in your life today.

I pray God comes and finds you today with His goodness, and He does so in a way that you know you are seen and loved.

 

Picture Explanation: I shelled these pecans to make my pie this year. I felt like frontier woman!

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4 Comments

  • Eric Angstadt says:

    Hello!
    And Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 ⛪️
    Have you ever had one of those moments where one of those bible passages you’ve read many times before, all of the sudden, spoke directly to you?
    Well, I had one of those moments today.

    This passage spoke directly to me…

    “Jesus heard that they had put him out [of the synagogue], and finding him, He asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “Who is He, Sir? Tell me so that I may believe in Him.” Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and [in fact] He is the one who is talking with you.” And he said, “Lord, I believe [in You and Your word]!” And he worshiped Him [with reverence and awe]. Then Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment [to separate those who believe in Me from those who reject Me—to declare judgment on those who choose to be separated from God], so that the sightless would see, and those who see would become blind.””
    ‭‭John‬ ‭9:35-39‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    A blind man was given his vision back by Jesus. After receiving his sight, he went to the synagogue to tell everyone. But after being thrown out of the synagogue, he ran into Jesus again.

    And Jesus asked him, basically, “Do you believe in me? Do you know me?”

    But he did not immediately recognize Jesus even though he had just given him back his sight, an answer most likely to a lifetime of prayers.

    Do we believe in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Do you really know Him?
    Do you spend time with Him, daily?

    I bet you spend time time with your friends often. And I bet you spend time on social media platforms daily.

    We all have a choice.

    Know Jesus. Or, no Jesus.

    Pray for our country and our leaders.

    • Laurie says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this insight! I have never noticed that part of the account either. I have been convicted many times of finding time for friends and social media but not for Jesus. In the past few years I have made a concerted effort to improve (though it is embarrassing that I have to work on improving spending time with Jesus more than something else). I have been off social media most of the time for the last year, and I have worked hard and not telling friends anything until I have processed whatever it is that is bothering me with Jesus, first. Still, the to-do list calls my name. I suspect we all have a particular lure that can get us spending time elsewhere instead of Jesus. Thank you for the reminder, especially during this busy season. Thank you for the insight into today’s passage, Eric. I really appreciate it.

      I am praying for our country and our leaders.

  • Jewl says:

    Great thoughts. Happy Thanksgiving, Laurie! And to all of your readers too. Be blessed.

    • Laurie says:

      Thanks for having lunch with me yesterday. Memories of the Christmas Day sandwich (yum), eclectic decor, and seeing you live and in-person will linger long!

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