Being Thankful Even When There Seems Little To Be Thankful For


If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15

I apologize in advance to those of you who don't celebrate Thanksgiving, as it is the topic I chose for today.  I pray the words may have meaning for you anyway.

Thanksgiving can be a challenging day for many reasons.  

Some of us are just not able to do all of the "Thanksgiving" things - cooking a turkey, making pies, cleaning for company.

Some of us are living alone.

Some of us feel that there is nothing to truly be thankful for.  Are we to be grateful for our deteriorating lives?

So many holidays are two edged swords.  They bring things to grieve as well as things to celebrate.

When I was a lot younger, My mom had a plaque on one of our kitchen walls.

"Christ is the head of this house - the unseen guest at every meal - the unseen listener to every conversation."

It had been there so long I never really paid attention to it.  Over the years it has come to mean more and more to me.

For those of you who will be alone on Thanksgiving - remember that you are the host for a meal shared with Christ.  

Ours will not be the regular turkey.  At some point we will gather together with family.  But we will share our day with Christ no matter what food is served.

And as for being thankful - I know it's difficult to find things to be grateful for when you are in pain, when life seems to be whirling away from you.  Yet - going to my other hallmark verse - there is always something to thank God for, even when all material things are gone.

Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.  Habakkuk 3:17-19

I pray blessings on you for Thanksgiving - and each and every day of your life.  In Him and with His love,


Father God, I pray for each and every person who reads these words, that no matter what circumstances hold them on Thanksgiving day, that they will see You as the host of every meal, the ever present person in their lives.  I pray, Lord, that they choose You each and every day of their lives.  Amen and amen.

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