This Year has taken more than it has given. It has been a trying, exhausting, stretching, difficult, and confusing year. This year has left many of us looking at our tired hands wondering what other bad news will come knocking at our door. 

Personally, though I have a lot to celebrate, I feel like I’ve been stripped from the energy and desire to celebrate. I don’t feel right celebrating. It’s almost like, “why celebrate if it can all get taken away so quickly”? Why celebrate, when so many are hurting and in need? What is even worth celebrating after all that we have lost?

Friends, this season has encouraged me to pray more than ever, fight for the good, and hold tight to the hands of Jesus.  Covid was hard. Carol’s condition is still so difficult to understand. The unknown can be a very dark place . . . think Abhraham in the desert during a cloudy, cold, long winter. How did he and Sarah continue walking?  

I’m here to tell you that God’s Faithfulness is real. He never left us. He never stopped speaking to us. His Word never failed. When this season seemed to strip us of our reasons to be thankful, God reminded us of all that He had done for us. God gave us a different perspective on Thankfulness. A different way to celebrate. A Praise Party for the One who alone is worthy of our praise. 

We thank Him for hard seasons, because His grace is sufficient in time of weakness. (2nd Corinthians 12:9)

We thank Him for trials, because He is our ever present help in time of need. (Psalm 46:1)

We thank Him for the unknown, because we are reminded that He is there. (John 8:58)

You may not have anything to be thankful for. You may be mourning the loss of a loved one. Maybe you lost your job and don’t know how you will make it. Remember what Jesus told Satan, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” 

Though you may feel like you have nothing to be thankful for, I would encourage you to stop looking for the thing that you are trying to be thankful for, and look for the One who still loves you and knows you by name. 

It is a different type of thankful. One that has changed our perspective forever. We hope it encourages you to seek Him and His kingdom, that He may add to you all that you are lacking. 

 

Love you fam. 

 

God Bless,

Pastor Hector