Showing Thanks in the Midst of Despair

imageThe Bible, via the Apostle Paul, in Phillipians says rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice. During our lifetimes many of us have had difficulties, seasons of despair when all seems hopeless. Just know that Jesus still hears and answers prayer. This season may be difficult for some of us, but God wants us to be thankful for all of the blessings He has bestowed upon us. How can we ever be helpful to others if we have never suffered either difficulties or traumatic events? Not to minimize these events, but God is calling us to His son. He wants us to call upon Him in the day of trouble and to know that he is near. During this Thanksgiving season many of us are grateful for good health, for employment, and for our families. Many of us, however, have deep seated hurts and anguish that keep us from moving forward. God, in His word gives us the tools to work through these daunting circumstances.

The Bible, in Phillipians 4:6, says for us to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication to make our requests known to God so that the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We must focus on those things which are excellent and praiseworthy. Let’s look forward to those things which lie ahead.

I am reminded of an old hymn that says “Have a little talk with Jesus/ tell Him all about your troubles /He will hear our fainted cry/ He will answer by and by/ feel a little prayer wheel turning/ will know a little fire is burnin’/ you will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.” Jesus just wants us to come to Him and He will give us rest for our weary souls. King David, in Psalm 7:8 says, My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Thus, during this Thanksgiving season, have a conversation with Jesus. He will heal all wounds because He is the friend of a wounded heart. If everything is well, show Him your gratitude. If it is not, tell Him all about it, and he promises to give you rest for your weary soul.image

I pray that God will strengthen you with endurance and patience to run your given race.

For further reflection, please read: Psalm 27; Phillipians 4: 1-8; Matthew 11:28-30; Colossians 1: 11-14image

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One thought on “Showing Thanks in the Midst of Despair

  1. “He will heal all wounds because He is the friend of a wounded heart.” Amen. Reminds me of Psalm 34:18, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted.” I love that when everyone else pulls away, God is near!

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