1 Chronicles 29:13 (NIV)
“Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”
I recently read a fantastic quote from an anonymous poster that said: “I am so thankful that my problems are so much smaller than my blessings.” I am as well.
This is certainly the time of year when holiday stress can begin to creep into our bodies. For some of us we have travel, Christmas shopping, family dinners to prepare and cook, our jobs and hopeful time off, along with a myriad of other challenges and hopes that can quickly settle into our day to day routines.
I find this time of year so problematic because we teeter on the memories of what this time of year used to be and what this time of year has become. Some of this is due to our new seasons of life and another is the way the world is slowly changing around us.
To be sure – we all have much to be thankful for.
La Junta is a fabulous community.
We live in the greatest country in the world.
Most importantly we have a God who loves us without ceasing. This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. I feel like that’s really worth remembering and essential in repeating.
Life can be full of challenges like illness, loss of loved ones, financial difficulties, depression, and other challenges that can overwhelm us in seeing our many blessings but I invite you to adopt a practice of thankfulness this year – regardless of whatever season you are in.
This has been a difficult year for me – particularly the second part of this year. After losing my mom to cancer, I have since done many funerals both of members of our church and a few non-members as well in the last couple months.
Even in all that loss I have seen so much to be thankful for.
I have mentioned before that this year I began waking up saying out loud three things I am thankful for. Sometimes they are the same thing and other times I am reminded of new things I am thankful for. I start my day this way so that I ignite my thankfulness first thing. There are other ways to practice gratitude but this is a simple way that fits into my prayer time/devotional time. I do it first thing so that it sets the tone for the day. It’s like forcing yourself to smile when you are having a bad day – you can’t be unappreciative when you start with what you are thankful for.
Perhaps you are in a season of everything is going perfect and your reading this saying “who in the world can’t see all their blessings” or perhaps you are reading this saying “yeah, I needed to be reminded…” Either way, we are all blessed beyond measure. We are all capable of living in an attitude of thankfulness – every day and not just on Thanksgiving. The promise from God isn’t that it will all be easy (far from it) but the promise of our faith is that we will never be subject to do it all alone. We always have God and as a body of Christ we always will have each other.
May it be so,
Rev. Lou Ward
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