20 Nov Leafless, not lifeless. Can we be thankful for desolation?
All through November, many of my Facebook friends are posting one thing a day for which they are thankful. Some common selections are: parents, children, job, husband, house, food, friends. It’s a healthy exercise in gratitude.
-I am thankful I don’t understandGod’s ways, because that keeps me humble.
-I am thankful for depression, because then I know I am utterly helpless in my own strength.
-I am thankful for sickness, because then I know health.
-I am thankful I am weak, because then I rely on him.
-I am thankful that God built in a time of rejuvenation for trees.
-I am thankful he did that for us too, in the form of sleep and Sabbath, but also in seasons of life.
-I am thankful for brokennessbecause, then I am made whole again, reinforced by God’s grace.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.