A challenge: Offering thanksgiving during very difficult circumstances…

Still Life of Thanksgiving Harvest

Made plans for the Thanksgiving holiday yet?  In the United States we celebrate this marvelous holiday on Thursday, November 26 this year.  It provides a wonderful opportunity for people to express heartfelt appreciation to family, friends, and colleagues for all the good things they have done and their contributions to our lives personally and collectively.  But most of all, for it provides an opportunity for us to thank God for His blessings, grace, and goodness!

I don’t know, it may have been a very tough year for you since the last observance of this holiday!  You may be facing the most difficult time of your life physically, materially, emotionally or relationally.  And then Thanksgiving rolls around! … Thanksgiving may really be a challenge for you this year!

This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” the following passage happened to be part of my Bible reading… It expresses the resolve of Habakkuk, the prophet, in the face of a some very difficult times in his nation’s history and for many people personally…

He said, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior!  The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights! (from Habakkuk 3:17–19 NIV)

So, when bad times come our way and the circumstances we face are incredibly challenging (and the Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner) my we find the grace and resolve to respond like Habakkuk… and offer sincere, heartfelt thanksgiving anyway!  I think we’ll discover what Habakkuk did… the enabling strength from God to press through and overcome… He is “my strength!  He makes my feet like those of a deer!  He enables me to tread on the heights!”  Amen!

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