These words bring to mind so many contradicting things.
Generous gifts given…so thankful and amazed at their kindness.
People were there in a time of need…grateful for the love shown.
A beautiful day, a wonderful relationship, a lovely flower.
Good news, a happy event, an answered prayer.
In all these, of course it’s easy to give thanks.
God seems to be silent.
Did He notice what’s going on?
Be thankful you say?
I want to fling that thought away with a big “NO!”
It seems like I am being told to be happy about this.
Like an insistent voice in my head saying I MUST do it.
I give in.
But in my own strength it is only possible for a time.
I can put on the face, say that I am thankful.
Beat off all the questions in my mind and make.myself.give.thanks.
And then I break. I cannot do it.
How do I reconcile these questions in my mind.
Why is it important that I do so anyway?
Does it really make a difference?
I want to give thanks, yet how when I am struggling with the reality of the now?
More questions than answers as I wrestle with these words.
I’m going to start something here today on this blog and talk about giving thanks for a few posts.
It’s time for some interaction!
I am thankful (you heard me!) for those who have taken the time to click over and read and I hope that those who want to will at least from time to time feel comfortable sharing in the comments. I do review them first before posting but don’t let that stop you.
Share with us today or consider:
When you hear the words GIVE THANKS, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s positive or maybe it’s negative. What words, phrases, messages or pictures come to mind? Do you struggle like I do? In what ways?
Leave a comment below with your thoughts. If you blog about it and want to share, leave a link in your comment so we can check it out. Thanks for joining me in this “Give Thanks” series.