Many Thanks

Holidays arrive with a mixed bag of hugs and hurts. Hearts that have been hijacked enjoy a heaven-sent hiatus with time for healing. Aging signs are deeper wrinkles and slower gait. The kiddos are taller and more grown up. Mom’s patented recipes reward our patience. If only this scene could be framed and frozen. Years from now memories will wear blindfolds, unable to retrieve words said --- only emotions felt.

This year holidays are different. Loved ones are missing in action. Everything costs more. Employment is flimsy. And poles-apart views that once were irrelevant now drive gaping fissures in longtime relationships. Surely Paul’s fingers were crossed as he wrote, “In everything give thanks.” Really?

In” everything is not “for” everything. And “give thanks” is not“ be thankful.” God’s Operation Manual says those who rely on God’s wisdom rather than their own forge an attitude of perpetual gratitude. God has always come through for you, and, being changeless, He always will.

Okay, please pass ole Tom. And heavy on the gravy.

“In the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.”  1Thessalonians 5:18