It’s the beginning of Thanksgiving week here in the United States. Traditionally, it’s a time to focus on food and family… and gratitude for both. It’s a festive time, signaling the beginning of the holiday season where everything purports to be “merry and bright”.
But it’s been a hard year for many. Perhaps for you. As you gather ’round the Thanksgiving table this week, perhaps there is a heaviness behind your smiling face.
Perhaps you feel the weight of
- Family concerns
- Business challenges
- Spiritual struggles
- Health issues
Perhaps this particular “slice of your life” doesn’t offer the prettiest vantage point you’ve ever had…
Several stories come to mind. They represent slices of life that, at the time, were surely filled with personal and family difficulty:
Jacob, a young thief–stealing from his own brother
Rahab, a career prostitute
David, old enough to know better, but a murderer and adulterer nonetheless
All are in the genealogy of Jesus
…and there were others like them.
Even the Sinless One came from a family whose “slices of life” contained moments–sometimes years–of heartache and challenge.
Jacob reconciled with his brother–and with God …becoming one of the great patriarchs of the Bible.
Rahab became the mother of Boaz–husband of a woman whose family tree included incest …yet through Ruth and Boaz we saw played out one of the greatest love stories of all time.
And David became King …and was known as “a man after God’s own heart”.
So as we look beyond current situations to “the big picture,” we’re reminded that we truly do live in hope.
Our stories are still being written.
As you move toward Thanksgiving day, I hope you’ll do so in a spirit of courage with gratitude for all God has done–and all that is yet unseen.
…The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:5-7
Are you carrying a heavy burden this Thanksgiving season?
I’m praying for you…
If you’re blessed to have a light load this year, look around.
Someone in your circle of influence surely isn’t…
May your week be blessed, your travel safe, your burden light,
and your gratitude evident.