Thanksgiving is now a week away. Normally this is a time of joy, but this year I approach the holiday with a heavier heart than usual. We’ve seen a lot of loss and pain over the last couple weeks, some of it worldwide, and some of it in our own community. And while the news cycle churns on, the hurt lingers. All the troubles and problems in the world easily outlast our short attention spans, and even when we do pay attention, we can sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed by hurt and helplessness.
But Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, and even in periods of darkness, we have much to be thankful for. Our God is one who can be relied on in good times and bad. He alone is capable of bearing all of our grief and fear and hopelessness, and He can be leaned on for comfort and wisdom and healing.
So in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ll be reading Psalm 91:1-2:
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.”
I will take comfort in the presence of my good Creator and give thanks for all the ways He’s blessed us. I will trust that He has, and is, the answers to all of our problems. And when the next storm hits, may we all find rest and reassurance in His loving presence.
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Happy Thanksgiving, Real Life.