“Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.” Isaiah 51:3 NIV
I believe there are times or seasons of great rejoicing and celebration. There are also times of great mourning, grief or loss. Is there no middle ground? Yes there is! I believe every day and season is a time to give thanks. No matter what is going on in our lives, we can be thankful and joyful.
So this Thanksgiving, it does not matter if you are having a big feast with lots of company, a small dinner because you are a single parent, mourning the loss of a family member, raising a grandchild alone, serving in your community, or doing nothing at all, remember, it is a time to give thanks.
I thank you God for my fake fireplace and candles that can change the atmosphere and my mood. I thank you God for my loyal dog at my feet and the dust of snow falling on the ground. I thank you God for the sound of my mother’s voice even though she is far away, and the voice of my grandson when he says, “Nanna” in this high pitch tone, even though I don’t get to see him often. I thank you God for the gift of memory, my Bible and the words in it that bring me comfort, hope, joy and peace no matter how I am feeling. I thank you God for the realization that I am never alone and that You are always with me. Thank you for my health growing stronger, for time that heals all wounds, and that God still has time to bring my prodigal son home. I thank you for the gift of girlfriends and life that is found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Pause and be still today, this week and everyday and make your own list of what you are thankful for and let your gratitude fill the air, you will be surprise of the joy that is found there.
(Read: I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you so much for this time of year where we can pause and give thanks. We thank you for all the beautiful things in our lives but most importantly for the things we cannot see that you are doing. Thanks for being there, your words of comfort and the love and life that is found in the sacrifice of your son, Jesus, the One and Only in which all things have its being and hope.