This week we celebrate Thanksgiving and the prayers that go up will contain thanks for things like:
Families and loved ones
A blessing on the hands that made this meal
Yeah, yeah. All that and more. But think about the times in your life when your thanks for something was so profound it brought tears to your eyes. Or the relief that came at a pivotal moment pulled ecstatic joy from deep inside and the Hallelujah Chorus rang in your head. That’s what I’m talking about.
The rent, which has tripled since your small business moved into this big building, is due. You have a few hundred dollars and a few moths in the bank account and that’s it.
Your child rolls out of the car and hits the pavement as you take a corner onto the highway. Everything in your world stops.
Your husband has served almost a year in Vietnam and writes to you every day. Until he doesn’t for almost a week.
Where do you go for help when the extremes of life sit on your shoulder like a hobgoblin? When your mind is frantic and you snap at everyone and everything because you’re so afraid of the next breath? The last thing you think about is thanking God for the situation.
But along with that fear and dread and feelings of helplessness come the prayers of a lifetime. The real ones. From the deepest part of you that you didn’t even know existed. Intense and unspoken because in your gut you don’t think you deserve a good answer.
Then . . .
A check for three thousand dollars came just in time to pay the rent.
We got to the hospital and into the hands of good doctors within ten minutes.
My husband was unable to sit and write his daily letter because he was on his way home. He called from inside the United States, “Can you come and get me?”
Go – examine your life. Remember the times of unbounded grace when joy and thankfulness sang in your heart and split the heavens.
Celebrate a true Thanksgiving. And do ask a blessing on the cooks. They’ll need it.
PS: I'll be back next week and I hope you will, too.
Happy, Blessed, Joyful Thanksgiving
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