Hello all 😉 For those of you in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving!
How are you feeling about this holiday season? If you are one who regularly soaks up mainstream news, then I am sure you are probably filled with dread. Maybe you are worried because of the uncertainty of the future. Maybe things have been difficult for you in the aftermath of the assault on the world with Covid19. Or maybe you’re like me and had a pillar in your life pass away?
I will be very honest with you. I have not been so good the past few months. I did not really understand why until I really stopped to think about it. The closer we moved towards this time of year the bigger battle I had against depression, anxiety and the like. If someone mentioned Thanksgiving, I would feel agitated inside. I did not want to talk about it or hear about it. To be honest, I have wished many days I could go to sleep and wake up January 2nd.
On top of that, the condition of this world and the church adds to the burden. It is hard to see what is going on, the actions of wicked men and women against humanity. The suffering that so many have endured and are enduring as a consequence of pestilences and final preparations for the End-Time world and its devilish leader.
As a Child of God, it is not easy to watch what is befalling this world and their continued rejection of The Answer. To see humanity given over to utter depravity and degradation. To watch loved ones continually travel towards the abyss, bound up and refusing the freedom and healing they so desperately need. The main reason it is harder to watch is because we know that time is short, very short. Jesus will return soon and so many are playing Russian Roulette with their eternity!
In truth I almost skipped writing anything, content to let this year close with my silence. But the more I thought about it the more I realized there are some who need encouragement during these times. There are some who needs someone to be honest and say yes, it looks bad and feels worse, but there is still reason to be thankful in times like these.
The old saints were right, “There is ALWAYS a reason to thank God, even in the bad times.” So, let me share a few things with you gleaned from my quiet moments of thoughtful solitude. Maybe it will help you discover your own reasons to give thanks.
Whether we are sailing in calm waters or rough stormy seas, we always have reasons to give thanks (1Thess 5:18). Sometimes it is difficult, and we may have to dig deep, but we must always acknowledge our reasons to give thanks. Every day of the year, not just on Thanksgiving.
Keeping a heart of gratitude will help us remain humble and content. Our love and compassion for others will also increase. Remember precious ones that God detests ungratefulness and complaining. Look at the Israelites in the wilderness, and how many times they stared death in the face for their complaining and lack of faith in God, even though they were living proof of His handiwork.
So, I encourage you, in the midst of a world such as this, remain thankful. Find reasons to give thanks when life gets tough and you want to complain. Count your blessings when depression tries to creep in. When things look bleak and you feel confused, remember your God has taken care of you this far and will not stop now, so be thankful.
Until next time,