Psalm 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
How do you feel when you wish someone, “Happy Thanksgiving?” Is it true? Does it come from a deep and abiding belief that God has blessed you, or is it just something you say during the holiday? I watched as God has gone with me throughout a difficult year. I didn’t doubt his presence, and I can see God’s handiwork in me. I’ve learned to be more patient with myself, and to not berate myself for the medical issues I had. For some areas like A-fib which was treated and eliminated in February only to see a resurge this month, it was hard to relive. Yet I prayed out to God that my heart was His heart. My life was held in His hands and I could know that in the end my heart would calm down again. I know I was supposed to have hernia surgery last month only to see it postponed to this month. And though it caused me disappointment as the pain remained longer than I wanted, yet in the end the problem was eliminated. And though some relationships became distant, others grew closer. And though for a few months I saw my worry and fear go down only to have it go back up again, I was able to give a thanks and praise report which resulted in many other people hearing how God still loved me even when I’d felt like I’d let Him down. With all the ups and downs this year, with COVID and its fears storming against our castles, one thing continued to hold true: I can see God’s hand in my life through all of it. So, it is a true “Happy Thanksgiving.” I hope that all of you have a “Happy Thanksgiving” as well.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.