Welcome to Thanksgiving! As always, this will be a week of mixed emotions for many — perhaps a sarcastic “What do I have to be thankful for?” Or a bittersweet time to remember fond times with family and friends who are now deceased or estranged. Or a lonely Thanksgiving as a deployed soldier, or a prisoner, or as a castaway on an emotional island. Or, prayerfully and ideally, a wonderful day of love and gratitude… a day of authentic Thanksgiving. Yes, Thanksgiving this year will mean many different things to each of us.
Part of Resilience God Style is the ability to view life experiences through a lens of grace and gratitude. This week’s article addresses “Grateful for Grace.” In essence, part of Thanksgiving Day and a thankful life is the ability to suspend judgement of others in favor of grace. Certainly accountability is important, but the grace which God has shown to each of us should rightly be conveyed to others. We can rightly be grateful for the grace God has bestowed upon us, and prayerfully others can be equally grateful for the grace we extend to them.
My prayer for each of us this Thanksgiving is that we achieve an attitude of gratitude, a mindset that leans in the direction of forgiveness and grace to others. As Colossians 3:3:16 exhorts, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving,
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“… and seated us with Him in the heavenly places of Christ Jesus,…”
Ephesians 2:6b, NASB
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