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.
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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