MEMORABLE THANKSGIVING: HOPE AND GRATITUDE

Thanksgiving Day this year will be memorable for me. Any plan for a traditional holiday has gone by the wayside to accommodate an unplanned need that arose following a major medical event in our family. I never anticipated a hospital as my setting for any holiday much less the day set aside to give thanks for blessings.

However as I am  beside the hospital bed of my spouse of 34 years, I know I can give thanks for much and especially for hope. I am learning that it is possible to have hope at a hospital that was never in my plans.

Hope is not dependent upon my surroundings or situation but upon the One Who resides in my heart. If I have Jesus in my heart, then I have hope in my heart.

Even little things — maybe especially little things — come to mind with gratitude in my heart. I agree with the quote that the most important things in life are not things. The one with whom I am able to share this day is far more important to me than the most bountiful feast or picture-perfect Thanksgiving gathering that I can imagine.

Sometimes our perspectives change after major medical events change our lives or the lives of loved ones. My perspective is changing toward my having more gratitude. Hope brings thankful thinking in my head, and it brings thankful feeling in my heart.

I need to keep letting God’s Word fill both my head and my heart to have gratitude for the place where we are. I don’t mean this hospital location. I refer to being in God’s care, in His shelter of refuge, under His wings. We are loved supremely by Him and in His care. There is no better place to be.

I have hope that He will see us through this challenge. Having this perspective allows me to rest in Him. I can recognize and be thankful for blessings both large and small. I am grateful that our God is an awesome God!

Then you would trust, because there is hope;
And you would look around and rest securely.”
(Job 11: 18)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;”
(Psalm 46: 1, 2)

“He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”
(Psalm 91:4)

“Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”  (1 Peter 5: 7)

“O God our help, our Creator, our Saviour- Redeemer, our Guide, our Fortress and our Healer… may we always make You our God, our Focus, our Life.  Amen.”  (Wynona Behling)

[Thank you for prayers. I am praising God for significant improvements in my loved one.]

Search this website for previous Thanksgiving-related posts listed below.

THANKSGIVING: GOD OF HOPE (November 26, 2020)

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: HOPE IN THANKSGIVING (November 27, 2019)

JAMES MERRITT: GIVE THANKS TO GOD OF HOPE (November 27, 2018)

FIRST THANKSGIVING: A GREAT HOPE, part 3 (November 22, 2018)

FIRST THANKSGIVING: A GREAT HOPE, part 2 (November 21, 2018)

FIRST THANKSGIVING: A GREAT HOPE, part 1 (November 20, 2018)

PILGRIMS: LABORED IN HOPE (November 15, 2018)

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