Today is suppose to be a time of Thanksgiving for all that we are thankful for, but too often it is a time of hopelessness, sadness, and fear. In the midst of all the happiness happening around us, some people are dealing with disease, famine, grief and depression. To a person that is happy and content with everything in their life, it is hard to imagine how a person can not be happy during this time. But there are grieving people all over and for them they have a hard time finding something to be thankful for.
To those of you who are finding it hard to be happy right, I am here to tell you…You have a beautiful reason to be thankful! Our father in heaven sent his most perfect gift for you to live a life without sin and full of grace and love. Only to suffer a beating beyond our capacity to even imagine so that he could be hung on a cross and die for you and me, for our sins. He then rose from the dead to show us that his father, our father and the gift given to us is no match for death! Then he left us with the Holy Spirit, so that his peace and conviction would also dwell within us and he ascended into the skies to be seated at the right hand of our heavenly father, to await the day until we could all be reunited! This my friend is a reason to rejoice!
In the midst of your sorrow, whatever storm you may be riding, take rest because you have the holy one carrying you through it all. You are not alone and you are loved. God is everywhere and anywhere and his love is everlasting and never fails. He is the one constant in your ever changing life and he wants you to give him your cares and take his peace. He loves you and I love you.
To those of you who are happy… I ask for you to show love today. Show grace, mercy and kindness today and everyday. Smile at someone who may look angry, your smile may be just what they need. Invite someone to dinner that may be alone. Pray. Give. Love.
Daily Bible Verses:
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16 “ Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
Lord, I want to ask for peace to overcome all of those who are hurting, depressed and sad. Please, wrap them in your arms and let them feel your warmth and love. Place them in the path of someone who will show them your love here on earth as well. Amen.