|Gratitude is a memory of the heart...|
Watching the craziness in Ferguson this past week, I had to remind myself that all across the nation this Thursday, we will gather to give thanks. Not to just fill up on turkey until we can't get off the couch, but to say thank you to our God for all of His many blessings. For some, it is a lonely and difficult time. I know that there are many people all around America that aren't feeling very thankful.
I believe it is a good thing to call the nation, and oneself, to bend a knee and say a prayer to thank the God of all provision and grace, even when we least feel like it. But, let's lift a prayer for those who aren't in the mood to say thanks. I have been there myself. When I have been in an unthankful mood, from somewhere in my heart there came a little whisper saying, "do it anyway..." Here's my do it anyway list of thank yous that need to be said - anyway...
When you're alone and missing those you love, and don't really feel thankful, say it anyway.
When you're angry at all the craziness around you, and don't really feel thankful, say it anyway.
When you feel like you have absolutely nothing to be thankful for, say it anyway.
When you feel like the whole world is having a party without you, say it anyway.
When things just don't make sense anymore, say it anyway.
When you can't remember a single reason to give thanks, give it anyway.
When you are sure that God has forgotten you, say it anyway.
When you're ready to give up and throw in the towel, say it anyway.
When you wish you could find a single reason to be thankful, say it anyway.
When you are tired of all the hoopla and can't remember what the holiday is all about, say it anyway.
When you don't understand life and it seems so unfair, say it anyway.
When it feels like nobody cares, really, say it anyway.
When you're counting your blessings and drawing a blank, say it anyway.
When someone you love is dying and you can't bear their loss, say it anyway.
When you just feel like screaming, say it anyway.
When you are hurting, angry, lost, ready to give up, say it anyway...
When you've taken the last step you think you can take, take one more and say thank you anyway.
Sometimes, it's in the choice to be thankful when we least feel like it that are hearts are changed and gratitude finds a home. No matter what, say thank you to the God who loves us when we are the least lovable. He was alone, abandoned, lonely, forsaken, frightened, and wanting to run away. He knows what you're going through. He loves you, anyway...