Giving Thanks

If ever you find yourself with a free moment for thought and reflection, consider giving thanks for that free moment. And in that free moment for thought and reflection, consider and count your blessings perhaps. Consider that the very air we breathe– the fact that we have life and can live this day is a gift from powers we could not begin to fathom or fully comprehend.

Give thanks for the food we can eat, the clothes we can wear, the roofs we may have over our heads. Give thanks for the shelter that we depend on to protect us from the elements and stormy weather. Give thanks to God for the wonders of this world however great or small or in-between. Give thanks that we live in a world lush and made rich by all its wonderful variety and diversity and nuance. So many unique and special creations abound and we each are part of the grand tapestry that God has woven. We can be thankful that we are part of that great tapestry and were considered within His plan for the universe.

When the world seems to want to stomp us down or even kill us as well as persecute, hate, discriminate, or demean us… give thanks for the friends and family that remain to support and uplift us. Give thanks to Jesus who would not condemn us or raise a stone against us. Give thanks to a God that would know our hearts and know our innermost thoughts. Give thanks to an all-loving and most merciful God. We may not understand God fully or make sense of what has been said of Him or said about Him– we may fail to fully understand His word and His messages to us and others– but give thanks for the certain knowledge that love is kind, love is patient, love is compassionate. If ours is an all-loving God, we can give thanks that He is a kind God, a patient God, and a compassionate God.

 

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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