Our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend is met with bleak news headlines and fb posts as I scroll through the pages. Wars and rumours of wars. Bombings before peace rallies and more deaths and more threats and more loss and more killings and more war and on and on it goes. It’s all so out of control and anything but stable in these precarious days of unknowns! And here it is Thanksgiving! How do we celebrate with thankful hearts? How do we praise God without guilt in these times of distress surrounding us? It’s easy to be thankful when we have safety and food and shelter and so much to be thankful for isn’t it? All that we have seems a little selfish doesn’t it? Seems a little off and out of whack for us in our land of plenty to be celebrating with feasts of turkey; stuffing our faces with food fit for kings when brothers and sisters are fighting for life itself and hiding from enemies to stay alive in their danger zones.
Out of hearts of compassion we can pray for the ruined and the people and lands and the hurting and the lost. We can rid ourselves of stubborn, selfish attitudes and realize that yes, we are blessed with a whole heap of good stuff and yes beyond measure too! We have so much and yet we complain when we don’t get what we want or when it gets tough and we meet with hardships and bumps in the road. Let’s remember dear ones, to be thankful to a Sovereign, all seeing, all knowing God who loves the world but hates the sin that brings the death. Let’s be thankful for His provision of salvation to a lost and dying world and let’s bring those in danger, fleeing for their lives, and struggling to survive before the Lord, every time we feel blessed of God and yeah for every complaint of ours, catch it off guard and stop it it’s tracks long enough to pray for those less fortunate in lands and countries of pain and not so plenty! God cares for them too and sees their hurt and knows their pain. Let’s make Thanksgiving truly count and yeah ~ be thankful for our stuff but let’s truly catch His vision for the hurting and the ruined and the lost this Thanksgiving! Intercede for them! Lift them up to His throne of grace as He brings them into your heart and into your beautiful soul.
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
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(¯`✻´¯) Thanksgiving Blessings<3 ❤ ❤