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The above painting is a commissioned piece from friends of their second home. I am so very thankful and blessed with their friendship.
Recently I was listening to the radio and the words of a song caught my attention … “Thank God for all I missed because it led me to where I am today” and the words made me think. We are in the season of Thanksgiving and fast approaching Christmas. It is a time of the year when we are most aware of blessings, family, friends, and all that we give thanks.
It’s easy to list the things we cherish…..family, friends, health, jobs, home, safety….
But, the words made me wonder if I’ve ever been thankful for what I missed, what I didn’t get, as Garth Brooks sings, for unanswered prayers. Year’s ago, my pastor’s wife told me that our prayers are always answered just not always how we pray for them to be answered.
We are often swept away with what we think is best, right, and meant to be. We suffer disappointment when we don’t get that job, sadness from loss, hurt from heartbreak, shocked from news. We have to reach deep at times to find the “thanks” in thankful. Often, on down the road, we can look back and see the handprint of the One who has all the answers.
It is a good thing, that we do set aside a special day for thanksgiving and reflection on all we are thankful. But, thanks should be given every day. Denny’s sermon recently was how we should practice “Thanksliving” everyday.
New International Version (NIV)
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.