Hello. How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? I hope well. Since the storm last month in the Northeast, I’m sure many people think they have nothing to be thankful for-let alone even think why would God allow such devastation that effected so many people at this time. Again, not sure why God allows certain things to happen. One thing I do know is that when life is going well, people don’t seem to reach out to God or seem to include Him in their lives but, when bad things or tragic circumstance happen, then (hopefully) people will run to God to inquire as to why it happened
What people don’t realize is that God still loves them during these hard times and that His love is endless. God also shows His love through others. People are still coming together to meet the needs of those inside and outside their communities. Even on Thanksgiving Day, there were those willing to come together to serve and feed their fellow man. Crisis will also show people what they themselves are made of; and hopefully it will take the focus off of self and put the focus on others. It is also a time for reflection into one’s one life and to re-evaluate where they are at and possibly do an “internal spring-cleaning” or at the very least, an attitude adjustment. The scripture says ” Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes…It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” (Psalm 119:67-68,71)
There are many things in life to be thankful for. Sometimes, we really have to look at our blessings and thank God for them because we take them for granted. We are not entitled to anything in this life-even the very air we breathe, but, because of God’s love He blesses us with good things if we want them. God always gives us the freedom to choose His blessings or to reject them. And He always gives us the opportunity to start over with Him. “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
I leave you with this word of encouragement “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Until we meet again, I pray you begin to walk Every Day With Grace.
In His Love,