Dear TLS Community,
We are fast approaching the holiday season and it is a time where we reflect on the things we have to be grateful for. Prayers are said, thankfulness is expressed and we celebrate God’s blessings once again. When we are on holidays or spending time with those we love, it is relatively easy to have warm feelings in our heart.
As the Christmas season approaches, it is a fantastic time to recognise all the blessings we have in our daily lives. Thankfulness is not a once a year novelty. It’s not to be put on once a year like a brightly coloured Christmas slogan t-shirt! We need to cultivate a heart of daily thanksgiving throughout the year.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus. 1 Thess. 5:16-18
We should give thanks in all things, not just for the exciting or ‘stand out’ memorable things, but in everything.
Does that mean I should be thankful if I’m involved in an accident? What about the really tough things in life like losing a job, a home, or the death of a loved one?
Thankfulness? Seriously? I know we can find the right “spiritual” things to say in such circumstances, but it is much harder to have a thankful heart in these circumstances. God isn’t saying to be thankful that something awful has happened … He knows we are human, we get hurt, we lose hope and we suffer grief. He urges us to give thanks in the face of our troubles and fears, and to put our trust in Him.
Perhaps this past year, you are one of the ‘millions’ who have suffered a deep loss or experienced a less than perfect year in more than one aspect of your life? Rest assured you have a Father who understands you, comforts the broken hearted and promises to never leave you or forsake you. His love never fails. Your sadness may last for a time, but joy will come!
When times are tough, put your trust in the Lord.
May you all experience a peaceful and blessed Christmas.