So it’s here…Thanksgiving. Seems like just yesterday we were having Thanksgiving. Time seems to stand still. And since the last time you celebrated Thanksgiving perhaps not all that much has changed. You’re still struggling with value in your work; can’t seem to find the ‘bulls eye’ that gives you a deep sense of fulfillment; circumstances keep rocking your boat; the only difference this year is that you feel more tired, worn, and incapable. So here you are again, trying to do what is expected of you and come up with a list of reasons why you should be thankful. Sometimes you can’t. Trying to list them all feels bogus, false, pointless. Well, at the risk of offending you may I offer a suggestion? Don’t try. Forget the list. Instead, try quieting your heart; still your mind; center your soul. Stop talking. What you just might find in the middle of that moment is a deep and rising presence of God’s Spirit. Let it rise. Embrace it’s flood. Allow it to overwhelm you. Sense the friendship of Jesus. Where you are incapable of making a list of things to be thankful for, allow Him to simply show up. That’s all He wants. I guarantee, if you do that there will be no other possible response than simple, basic, pure thanks. Be still and be thankful!
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Blessings on you, especially this week!
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