I woke up to the sound of my phone vibrating incessantly this morning. “Who on earth is texting me this much,” I thought. To my delight, it was my sweet family sending Thanksgiving blessings to one another and praising God for His faithfulness all these years. That’s a lovely way to wake up, isn’t it?
As I glanced over at my sleeping husband (who was clearly undisturbed by all the text messages), I couldn’t help but think about how much change this year brought, how much sweetness the Lord had added to my life. Through all the changes, through all the ups and downs of life, the Lord has been more than faithful to me – to all of us. He blesses us in ways that are far beyond our imagination, in ways far beyond our understanding. And how perfect His blessings are!
I made my way downstairs, whipped up some pumpkin spice muffins for the family, and sat down to have chai with my sweet new mama. Eventually the grandparents joined as well. We’re all still getting to know each other, but I couldn’t help but thank God for surrounding me with a new family who has showered me with love since the very first time I met them. My thoughts float back to last night when we all sat around just talking about His Word and the power of our God. I am truly humbled by His favor because I recognize that not everyone is blessed in this way. How good the Lord is to bless us with community and fellowship! How good it is to be surrounded by people who know Him and love Him! It is truly a blessing to be with people who can’t help but talk about Him!
And now as I sit in this house, His Word open beside me, I am reminded of how privileged I am to hold His Word in my hands, to be able to delve into it wherever and whenever. I’m reminded of the freedom I have in this country to gather with other believers, to speak about Him openly, to share the Good News with others. How wonderful it is to live in the fullness of the freedom we have in Him!
And as I sit here reflecting on all these moments and sweet blessings, a single question comes to mind:
Is there anything that I
cannot be thankful to the Lord for?
I consider all those who are spending their holidays in hospital beds, in nursing homes, in pain and suffering. I think of those who are away from their families, serving their nation abroad. I’m reminded of orphanages and shelters across the nation – across the world!
Literally every single thing I possess, every single experience in this life, every second I’m alive is something I must praise Him for – even the seemingly ugly parts of life, even the seemingly terrible situations. Everything, all of it together, has resulted in the culmination of this life I live. And all of it is by Him, through Him, and for Him.
There is not one aspect of this life I have been given that I can be unthankful for. It is all good. It is all more than I deserve.
But my greatest blessing, my greatest joy? That I have a God who cares for me so deeply, so personally, so intimately, that He sent His perfect Son, Jesus Christ, to die a cruel death as payment for my sins. That this Jesus willingly and joyfully took MY guilt, carried MY cross, and died MY death so that I could have a once-for-all forgiveness, an eternal hope, unsurpassable peace, and endless joy (Hebrews 12:2).
If I had nothing else in this world – no home, no family, no food, no friends… if I had nothing in this life but Jesus, I would still have an eternity’s worth of thanksgiving and praises to sing! Take this world and give me Jesus, for He is all I will ever need!
This Thanksgiving Day, I leave you with one of my favorite Psalms:
Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!