November 23, 2020
I love the Fall. The weather, the leaves, the colors, the smells and flavors of pumpkin, apple, vanilla, and cinnamon, Thanksgiving dinner (and dessert!). There is something about Fall that is just so cozy, and so incredibly beautiful. Fall 2020 has been quite unique to say the least. But despite the unsettling and tumultuous season we are in, we need to take some time to admire the marvelous world around us, God’s creation. The sky, the trees, the breeze, the singing birds. We need to remind ourselves of all the little blessings.
A couple of Sunday’s ago I had a rough day. One incident just set my day in a downward spiral of negative emotions. Then I remembered that worship is the antidote to all negativity. So, I took my daughter and my worship music to the playground. As I sang along with the music and flew through the air on the swing with my daughter by my side, the anger and sadness I was feeling melted away leaving me with peace and warmth in my heart. I returned to a posture of gratitude and the focus was off me and on God, the giver of all the blessings in my life.
As we rapidly approach Thanksgiving, I want to bring attention to these scriptures:
“O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 107:1
“Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.” Psalm 50:14
“By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. ”Hebrews 13:15
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks…” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
These scriptures are a great reminder of the importance of gratitude. A reminder that we serve a God that is good; great, in fact. He deserves thanksgiving from us whether good or bad circumstances surround us. The unconditional gratitude in our hearts for the Lord demonstrates that we trust Him and His goodness. It has been a challenging year; but let us offer up thanks to the Lord for the triumphs and the trials. We may not understand the reasons for the trials we face, but we do know God’s heart is for His children. We were never promised that we would not suffer through trials, but we were promised that God will never leave us or forsake us.
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Isaiah43:2