In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul encourages us to always give thanks in all things, because it’s God’s will that we give thanks. Thanksgiving is this Thursday, so we all see the holiday sayings, imagery, etc., yet some of us don’t feel grateful if we’re honest.
Always giving thanks probably looks like a cute and trite little saying, that’s unrealistic, with all that you’re going through. You may be dreading Thanksgiving with family because family is not the word you’d use to describe your relatives, and what should be a gathering of love feels more like a labor of pretense.
Some of you have suffered the loss of loved ones this year. Loss of brothers, fathers, mothers. Children you longed to meet. A few of you so close to the holidays that it doesn’t even feel fair. Giving thanks should feel good, yet when you think of it, you may want to give someone a piece of your mind if they tell you to remember all the good things you have. The hurt may feel all-encompassing, or has made you feel numb to anything, too numb to even consider gratefulness.
If you’re reading this and you’re feeling this way, I want you to know that I hear you. I want you to know that giving God thanks is not the same as ignoring the hurt, pain, fear, anger, or any other feelings you’re wrestling through. Sometimes, all you feel is the need to mourn.
“Blessed are those who mourn.”
You know what though? Jesus said in Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” You will be comforted, and that blessing is a promise to you. If you feel there’s no strength within you to express thankfulness, I want you to know that you can be thankful for the promise that God blesses those who mourn.
We give thanks not only when life is going well, we give thanks because life is. Whatever that means for you; with where you are in life, the state of your family, your friendships, etc. No matter where you are, God is still there. He will never say that His will is to give thanks, and then ignore what you’re going through. Sometimes it’ll be a fight to be thankful, yet the blessing towards you is available, and I’m rooting for you. It is His will in Christ Jesus for you.
Please share of any way that I can pray for you, or if you need any help in any way through my email ThoughtsOfRedemption@gmail.com.