“O give thanks to the Lord, for [God] is good; for [God’s] steadfast love endures forever.”
Psalm 107:1 (NRSV)
I love November!! The leaves continue to fall from the trees. There’s a crispiness in the air. The holidays are on their way with all the extra events and special times spent with family, friends and acquaintances. With Thanksgiving in November, we are reminded throughout the
month to be thankful for what we have.
What are you thankful for as you approach Thanksgiving this year? Are you thankful for good health or a successful recovery from a recent surgery or procedure? Are you thankful for a job that allows you to use your gifts and skills, as well as helps you provide for you and your family? Are you thankful for the amazing ways that God continues to provide for you and bless you and your family?
If there is one thing we can be thankful for, it is God’s steadfast and ever-present love. Even when we do not see God’s goodness or presence at particular times, it is there. Without God’s love, grace, and mercy, where would we be? We would be all alone in our grief when we lose a loved one and have no hope of ever seeing them again. We would not have the grace to forgive others as we have been forgiven nor even to accept forgiveness from others. We would not have the hope to persevere during the difficult times in our lives without God’s love, grace, and mercy. God’s love, grace and mercy are blessings in our lives.
As we journey through November, may we all take time each day to give thanks to God for the ways God has been at working in our own lives and in the lives of others. Remember, God is always up to something!