November 25, 2015


1 Thessalonians 5:18

Today as we are busy preparing for Thanksgiving, getting ready for family to descend on our clean (and not-so-clean) houses, as we try our best to replicate grandmother’s recipes and create warm wonderful memories for our children, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 calls us to more. We are commanded to be thankful in all circumstances. Thanksgiving should be voiced and lived—in the mundane, in times of deep grief and sadness, and in times when we think our hearts will burst with praise. As we are careful to give thanks, our perspective changes. Initially, we see the situations themselves—mundane, bad, or good. The act of thanksgiving moves us to a place of belief and trust in what God is accomplishing that we don’t see. And this process and perspective of thanksgiving is the very will of God for us.