As Thanksgiving 2010 comes you may find yourself, like I do, not expecting to be where you are. The way that you envisioned your life, marriage, family, finances, job situation, or health does not match up to reality for some reason. You may find yourself questioning or having feelings of sadness, anger, bitterness, or resentment at times. Maybe, your finding it difficult to be thankful or grateful on this holiday?
I remember going to my mom when I was younger, and I would complain to her about things in life. She would always tell me, “But for the grace of God.” I have to admit that it was not much consolation at the time, but once I came to Christ, I learned to understand this advice. The reality of our lives is that no matter how bad things may be, it could actually be worse. Much worse. If anything, most times I make the situation worse than it actually is. If you really think about it there is much to be thankful for in life.
Last night I volunteered at the HEB Feast of Sharing. It was amazing to see how grateful and thankful the homeless people from the community were for their meal. I could see how blessed I was to know I have a hot meal everyday. While they went to the street to sleep, I had the blessing of going home to a hot shower, and warm bed.
So, YES, thanks be to God Almighty! Not just this day, but each and every day! His love is never failing, His grace & mercy extends beyond our sin. For those in Christ, He is always with us and never, never, never forsakes us. He gives us breath and life. He provides healing, peace and comfort in the midst of storms. His holiness, majesty, and power are far greater than our problems, hurts, and pains. He is good, always!
Thank you God for loving me enough to send Jesus Christ to die for me, and save me because of my sin. Thank for your provisions, my job, North Village Church, my friends, for allowing me to wake up every morning, for my good health, for the gift of Yvonne, Christiana, and Roland, no matter how things may be between us at this time. I will forever praise you Lord, for you are worthy of my praise!
1 Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. 2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. 3 Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always ; again I will say, rejoice ! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:1-9