This devotional is from the
One Year Impact for Living Devotional
have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with
a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For
can do everything
through Christ, who gives me strength.
It may be that the mood of the day is still being painted by the memory of that man holding a sign of protest on the street corner. Maybe it lingers by the headlines in today’s news about continuing trouble in the Middle East. Maybe the mood of the day is painted by the lingering confusion and rubble of storms that have hit various parts of our nation and people. Or maybe it’s just the seemingly insurmountable mountains in our lives.
And yet it’s Thanksgiving time. As we enter this holiday season, I can’t help but believe that no matter where we find ourselves, a mood of honest reflection will serve to remind us to embrace moments of thankfulness and give us a reason for hope. We can be reminded of these truths:
In the midst of our daily discouragements, disappointments, and failings, God’s blessings are all around us—in a beautiful sunrise bursting with promise for the day, a newborn baby’s cry, a grandma’s wrinkled smile as she wraps her arms around her precious grandchildren, a table full of food, or a blazing sunset gracing our sitting together one more time as family and friends.
We are blessed with true friends, who remain friends through everything, even the hard times.
We can make the most of the time we have with our families. I was reminded of that again by a note from my granddaughter Hannah during a visit a number of years ago. The envelope was decorated with shamrocks, and the note inside was adorned with four hearts—blue, orange, purple, and green—and the following words: “Can we eat thanksgiving food together? I hope we can. I can’t wait to see you next time I do.”
My hope for you and your family—for all of us—is that we might not only be reminded anew of those moments and people for which we should be thankful, but that in the midst of whatever our week and day will bring, we will embrace with grateful hearts those fresh moments of blessing provided by the One who knows us best and loves us most.
In the midst of all the
other moods being painted around us in our lives, nation, and world—paint instead a mood of thanksgiving
and appreciation for all the blessings in your life. Paint
such a mood that for today and the rest of your life it
will carry you victoriously through each day and into
the hope of all your tomorrows.
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