“Give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”
Give thanks for everything. Thanksgiving will be here this Thursday and if you’ve logged into Facebook or Instagram lately, you’ve likely seen people participating in the 30 Days of Gratitude challenge, posting about the things they are thankful for this year, ranging everywhere from thankfulness for their family, to their coffee, to their fuzzy socks.
It got me thinking, though. When’s the last time you heard someone thank God for the trials they’re facing? Wait, this was supposed to be a cozy Thanksgiving article? Stay with me, that comes later.
James 1 tells us that we should count it all joy when we face trials of various kinds. Not because the trial itself is something to be joyful about, but because the trials that we face, like the verse goes on to tell us, produce endurance in us.
We are thankful for challenges because they are building our faith, one brick at a time. Our identity is not defined by the trials or the challenges we have faced, but it is impacted and shaped by our responses to them.
The holiday season can be a time of great joy and of great challenge for our participants at Wings of Refuge. For some, it reminds them of those who are no longer in their lives, for some, it is the first time they have celebrated the holidays, and for some, it reminds them of grief and loss. Yet in the midst of all of that, holidays are also a time that symbolize new beginnings.
No two participants have walked the same journey, but as a family at Wings of Refuge, we do everything we can to help establish new, fun, and meaningful memories. We want each woman to know that they are loved by us and more importantly, by a God who desires to lavish good things upon each and every one of us.
This Thanksgiving, as you sit down to a bountiful meal with those you love, reflect on the things you’re thankful for; the mundane, the challenges, and the victories. They are the very things that have caused us to seek God and to trust Him, and that have shaped us into who we are today.
This verse (which also reminds me of a well-known hymn) came to mind today and seemed so perfectly fitting:
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
Today I am grateful for this reminder. I am thankful for the way that God is faithful in every circumstance that I face, and I am thankful for the hope that we can have in Him.
Rev. Marissa Price