The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy, and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7
This day before Thanksgiving are you doing a lot of leaping or much weeping? The holidays can be depressing, thoughts of loved ones prevail that we have lost, or maybe life has taken a downward spiral for us and we think of all the things someone else has compared to our zero possessions. What will the kids say when I don't have enough to give them presents?
I was there two years ago and most folks did not know it. Thinking of my son Paul; who was killed in a motorcycle accident, pretty much broke from giving all I had to ATB, very few solid friendships, just a proverbial pity party broke out in my mind. But as always, God pulled me out of it and maybe I could write a book of Psalms that would rival David's writings.
Here's how I would start it: Praise your way out of grief, out of debt, out of trouble and into a mindset of thanksgiving. Praise God that whatever we have left will be enough to sustain us until He provides more. Sounds too simple right? I understand the pain one can feel now but trust me, so does He. Ask Jesus about it.
Once the praise and thanksgiving begins to set in there were will be much leaping for joy, and possibly some heavy dancing. When God multiplies something from our nothing it becomes a powerful gift we pass on to others. It reminds us of Thanksgiving day tomorrow, only there are more than one or two days set aside to be thankful, it becomes a lifetime of thankfulness.
He also becomes a full time helper, a constant shield of protection from the next potential catastrophe, and someone in whom we can trust to speak to of our sadness and fears. We write our own Psalm for the next generation to see, that yes, God is still here within us, and he is still working through us.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving of thanksgiving!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.