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Can We Be Thankful in the Midst of a Heavy Heart?

Uncategorized Nov 27, 2019

Thanksgiving -- The American Holiday of Thanksgiving!   My Dad always had a large vegetable garden.  When Thanksgiving Day rolled around, he would put some grains of raw corn that were multi-colored on everybody’s plate, as he began to tell the story of how Thanksgiving got started.  You know – the story of the Native Americans and the pilgrims sharing a meal together of turkey, corn, sweet potatoes – and more.  And then of course, he would pray, and we could help our plates to the feast that Mom had slaved over.  We would eat much the same food as the pilgrims and Indians – turkey and sweet potatoes and cornbread dressing – and desserts.  Oh my, the desserts.  Yum!

However, when our heart is still angry or hurt or fearful because of abuse, it’s mighty difficult to truly give thanks.  And so for some, we go through the motions with our family, while feeling a heavy heart and not really being thankful at all.  What can we do to help ourselves? 

Psalm 138:1-2 says “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing your praise.  I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your Name, because of your love and faithfulness.”

It’s possible (I know it’s possible because I have done it), to set aside the heaviness for one day, or for one hour, or for however long in order to give thanks.  It’s a decision to do that, a decision that we can make.  Whatever the length of time you choose to “let the heaviness go,” look upon that letting go as a sacrifice to the Lord.  Place it into his hands.  It’s a sacrifice to you because you don’t feel like giving thanks.  But for that amount of time, go ahead – muster up the courage to render thanks to the Lord for his many blessings – you do still have blessings that perhaps have nothing to do with having been abused.  In that sacrificial moment, give thanks.

I hope you give it a try.  I truly believe you won’t be sorry.  Have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

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And remember, you're awesome!  May God bless you and hold you in the palm of His hand.

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