I can only imagine how difficult this Thanksgiving Day is for so many people. In a year that brought us the tragedy of a pandemic, the fallout of economic downturn, and the futility of partisan politics, I can see where someone might struggle to feel grateful.
We all have our struggles and we all have our pains. But given a year that has left so many bereft of joy, we find blessing in the little things of our every day. Blessing is the mortar that binds us together in the most difficult of times. Blessing is all around us. We just have to look.
It’s in the friendship that endures time and is always there for you, good or bad.
It’s in the child you never thought you could have, but thanks to science, technology, and Gods’ grace you are holding her in your arms.
It’s in the parent who sacrificed of herself so you can realize a dream.
It’s in the neighbor who tends to your plants when you go away for the weekend.
It’s in the manager at work who understands and empathizes with your situation and allows you to leave a little early so you can be home for your children.
It’s in the pet that loves you unconditionally and can’t wait to slobber you with kisses when you get home.
It’s in the nurse who cared for your father while he was ill as if she were caring for her own family.
It’s in the college roommate who still checks up on you all these decades since you both graduated.
The list is endless. If we all stopped and took a moment, we could come up with an array of people, moments, experiences, and opportunities for which we’re thankful. Even amidst the craptastic-ness of 2020, there is so much thanksgiving to be had.
My prayer for all of us is to take a couple of minutes of the 1,440 minutes God has given us today and to quietly and privately give Him thanks. It could be one thing. It could be all the things. But by focusing on gratitude, we take a step toward healing, growing, and coming together as members of His family, and I think we can all agree feeling good and positive is something every one of us can use this year.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May God’s blessing be upon you.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 NLT