Before I move on with today’s topic, I wanted to express my thanks to those that are coming to my site to read my various Thanksgiving related posts. As I looked through the search terms yesterday, there is no doubt what is on the minds of so many right now, and that is Thanksgiving food preparations.
I hope that my ideas have been helpful to those of you that have read them. It seems that I will be taking my own advice this year, too, as we have decided to dine at home again instead of dining out, and I’m quite happy about that, too.
I started my own food preparations yesterday and baked a big pan of cornbread for the dressing last night so that it would have time to thoroughly dry out by Thursday morning. As it baked, I decided to quickly check my Facebook page to see how my friends were faring with their own holiday preparations.
The first post that showed up, however, was anything but fun holiday happenings. It was an update post from a friend’s page concerning her little grandson that is extremely ill and has recently been transferred to a large hospital in another city for more specialized treatment. I think it is safe to say that while so many of us are supporting this precious little one with our prayers, he may not make it. We’re going to keep bombarding God with our prayers anyway. He is in very capable medical hands now as well.
What has struck me and literally brings tears to my eyes every time I read a new update from the family is how faithful they are and how willingly they are opening up and sharing their heart with hundreds of us each day. Thanksgiving meal preparations are not on their agenda right now, but Thanksgiving has been in their hearts every single day from the very beginning.
Let me just say that one more time… mostly for my own benefit… because it hit me like a ton of bricks last night.
Thanksgiving has been in their hearts every single day from the very beginning.
God never ceases to amaze me how he speaks at times. My friends are already prepared for Thanksgiving. They are living it on a daily basis in the midst of a struggle that few of us can even imagine. I am so humbled by their faith, and now I must ask myself if I am also prepared for Thanksgiving, not only this week but every single day in the future.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
“…give thanks *in* *all* *circumstances*…