Can I be thankful this Thanksgiving?
Many of us have precious memories of Thanksgiving's past, when life was easy, bellies were full, and laughter sounded the room. Those memories, for some, may feel all too distant this time of the year. Perhaps instead of "thanks" your heart is warring to fight off the pain of loss, unmet desires, and suffering. These feelings leave you asking, "Can I be thankful this Thanksgiving?"
We serve a God who truly sympathizes with our hurts, and demonstrates His loving care through faith in Jesus and the very present comfort of the Holy Spirit. When we don't understand life's chaos, we can trust God's character.
Thank You Father: Our Father in heaven is good, and His love for His children knows no boundary.
"Oh give thanks to the Lord,
for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!"
Thank You Jesus: Jesus came from heaven to take our place on the cross that we deserved. Though we could do nothing to earn our forgiveness, Jesus offered it willingly by laying down his life for us.
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich,
yet for your sake he became poor,
so that you by his poverty might become rich."
2 Corinthians 8:9
Thank You Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit comforts us in our weakness, bringing our hurts before the Father and in return soothing our wounded hearts.
"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
For we do not know what to pray for as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes for us
with groanings too deep for words."
Thankfulness is a choice for which we must fight. Even when life hurts, we truly do have reason to be thankful. Even when life is painful, remember that Jesus came to give you a hope today that covers tomorrow and lasts for eternity. Our God reigns, and in Him we hope and find thanksgiving.
“We give thanks to you,
Lord God Almighty,
who is and who was,
for you have taken your great power
and begun to reign."
Join us on Wednesday Night @ 7pm at Bethany Baptist Church to give thanks to God for who He is and what He's done for us.