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When Thanksgiving Is Hard

Has something happened in your life that doesn’t make sense? Are you facing a Thanksgiving Day that is not full of celebration? Has this been a tough year for you and your family? Maybe you couldn’t understand how a loving God could let something like that hap­pen to you or a loved one.

When Thanksgiving Is Hard

Traditionally, Thanksgiving Day is a food-filled celebration associated with expressing gratitude to God for the harvest of His bounty. Praise, thankfulness, and gratitude should be a regular part of our everyday life. Unfortunately, our sensitivities are often dulled to God’s grace and gracious provision.

Most people have events happen that are difficult or impossible to understand. Rather than question the Lord with your whys, it can help to take a page out of Jesus’ life and be thankful. As the Bible says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Where to Look

Throughout His earthly ministry Jesus continued to offer up prayers of thanks and gratitude to the Father for all He had accom­plished for and with Him, His Son. In His prayer in John 17, just prior to His betrayal, Jesus…

… thanked the Father for the power and the opportunity to secure eternal life for all believers (John 17:2).

… thanked the Father for giving Him the disciples (verses 6-7).

… thanked the Father that believers had heard and obeyed the Father’s Word, which Christ had spoken (verse 8).

Then, with a heart of thankfulness, Jesus turned His focus on the cross and His death. How could Jesus be thankful? And what was the reason for this grateful attitude? He knew the Father was in absolute control. He knew everything was going according to God’s divine plan.

We have that same confidence in God. While some seasons are difficult, God is always good. He is with us. And He is for us. Let’s give thanks for these wonderful promises!


Dear Lord, I thank You with a heart of grat­itude. In the words of King David, I marvel “Who am I, O Lord God” that You have blessed me so abundantly? I offer You inadequate but sin­cere praise and thanksgiving. Thank You, dear Lord! Amen.


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

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