Let’s face it…we’ve all been through times in our life when it’s difficult to feel thankful. And yet 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
How can that be? It’s easy to give thanks when all is well, and life is good. But how am I supposed to give thanks when my heart is broken, when my world has been turned upside down, when I feel all alone?
In such times, perhaps we can learn from Jesus. On the night He was betrayed, Jesus knew the pain and heartache that lay ahead. He knew He would suffer more than any human being that lived before or since. And yet, in the face of that darkest hour, what did He do?
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.” – Luke 22:19-21
Jesus gave thanks. And so can we. For even in the midst of life’s most difficult trials, our Heavenly Father is with us. He sent His Son to die for us. His Grace daily showers upon us. His Spirit is within us. So when you can’t find the words to be thankful for your circumstances, perhaps you can give thanks for God’s amazing love. In Christ alone, we place our trust. And that is certainly something to be thankful for!
If you or a loved one is going through a difficult time, we would like to help. You can email our Spiritual Care Coordinator, Pastor John Rauh, at firstname.lastname@example.org, call the church office at 636.926.9773, or fill out one of the Care & Support cards in the bulletin.
If you are looking for a fun way to give thanks this year, download and print these Thanksgiving Tree Leaves. Each leaf contains a Bible verse for reflection. On the back of each leaf, you can write something you are thankful for to share during your Thanksgiving celebration. Attaching the leaves to a wreath or branches makes a beautiful centerpiece! The Thanksgiving Tree is courtesy of author, Ann Voskamp (aholyexperience.com).
Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service
Please join us for worship on Wednesday, Novemver 23 at 7pm.
May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Messiah Lutheran Church