Randy Bayne

Happy Thanksgiving

Gray pumpkins

I’m late, and left wondering if anyone will actually see this post. It’s the day before Thanksgiving after all, and who is going to be paying any attention to blog post, the Internet, or anything online, except the Butterball Turkey Hotline.

Thanksgiving is going to be different this year. Very different. For us anyway. For the first time in a long time we will be having Thanksgiving dinner with no family and no friends. It will be just to two of us.

We won’t be cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner. This year, we decided to order a take out Thanksgiving dinner from a local restaurant. Marcie is making her stuffing and a pecan and a pumpkin pie. Thankful for that.

It will be quiet. Not unlike a normal Thursday. And it will be a day filled with gratitude.

As I wrote in my Thanksgiving post last year, “Gratitude is the starting point of the holidays. Thankfulness is the way to kick off this joyous season of giving and receiving.”

Being Thankful During Hard Times

This year, 2020, has been hard on everyone. I won’t pretend to understand or to know the suffering, the devastation, that some have experienced this year. Sickness, job loss, financial stress, insecurity, fear, loneliness, and death hover around us as we strive to find relief from a pandemic that seems to have no end in sight. Thankfully, there are now three vaccines ready to begin fighting COVID-19.

Relationships between family members and friends are strained to and beyond the breaking point as many take unyielding positions and opinions on election politics. The tension is pulling people apart. Even people who have been in loving and supportive relationships, and have been able to look beyond their philosophical and political differences for the higher good.

It’s hard to see any thing for which we can be thankful.

Maybe that’s because we are looking for things to be thankful for, rather than just being thankful in.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Give thanks in all circumstances.

Instead of trying to find an elusive thing to be thankful for, this year let’s try being thankful in the circumstances that God sends our way. How?

I know this seems impossible, and it will take a much longer post to fully explain the idea, the concept. But I promised you and myself a short post.

Let me just say this. We serve a loving and caring God who has incredible things reserved for us. He is in full control and has his hand and heart on every situation we face. He is a loving Father who wants the very best for each of us. Trust in Him. Rejoice that He sent his Son to save us. Rejoice because He loves you.

Pray without ceasing to express your love for Him and your thankfulness that He cares for you and is in control of every situation. Never let a day go by without uttering a prayer, a prayer of thanksgiving. Let the Holy Spirit guide you as you pray, and allow Him to fill your heart and mind with the good gifts from the Father as a reminder of how blessed you are, even in the harshest of circumstances.

I hope this helps.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.


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