Rejoicing Regardless! … Thanksgiving 2017

Just a week or so ago Habakkuk 3:17-19 was part of my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord.” Thanksgiving Day was just around the corner and on my mind as I read it. So I jotted this note in the margin of my Bible… “I’m going to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with all my heart even after a very rough year!” Here’s what Habakkuk had to say…

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation! God, the Lord is my strength! He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places!”

Now in an agrarian society – if you’re a farmer – that describes a very rough year! It also describes a great godly resolve… and REJOICING REGARDLESS describes it pretty well!

I don’t know about your circumstances this year as you look back and reflect… It may have been a very rough year for you! In many respects it’s been a rough year for Sharon and me and some of the people we love… could go into the details but won’t. But through it all God has been so good! So faithful! So “there!” So loving! And His people? They are a mirror of His character! Don’t know what we would have done without them!

Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude and thanksgiving! Habakkuk’s word express it all for Sharon and me today… “YET we will rejoice in the Lord! We take joy in the God of our salvation! He is our strength… He’s the one that has made us stand strong through it all!” Thank you Lord! And thanks to all of you who have helped someone else make it through some rough places!

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