In Everything Give Thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Today is US Thanksgiving. It is a time when families gather together celebrating their blessings and thanking God for them. This year, my plans were to visit my beloved aunt 1,000 miles away who is dying of pancreatic cancer. It will be her last Thanksgiving. Two days ago, I came down with the flu and as a result am unable to travel.

So here I am. Alone. Am I sad? Feeling sorry for myself? Beating myself up because I could not make the trip? Far from it! I am rejoicing no matter what my circumstances. I actually have the opportunity to pray without ceasing (no interruptions!). I am praying for my aunt and my family which has gathered together today. I am giving thanks that I have this time alone to truly think about my blessings and all that God has done and continues to do for me.

Where are you today? What are your circumstances? Are you praying and giving thanks?

Obie
Executive Director
Christians in Recovery

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