Happy Thanksgiving!- 11-22-22 1

Greetings Pray-ers,

True story! When early in my faith, a dear friend shared her journey through depression.  People were constantly “encouraging” her to “think of things she was grateful for” and to “count her many blessings”. We probably have all said and or heard similar things more than once in our lifetimes. Our desire is noble. We want to help bring someone out of their depression by concentrating on the good. Sometimes, this works; many times it doesn’t. As a Bible believing and God trusting believer, my friend shared that while she appreciated her friends’ good intentions, their words fell on deaf ears. As she continued with her story, she told of “feeling sorry for herself in bed, sobbing into her pillow”, crying out to the Lord while wondering where He was at, and wishing these friends would leave her alone.

The crying into the pillow actually became the catalyst for bringing her out of the depression. Of course! She felt the closeness of God – nope. She heard the Lord speaking to her, comforting her – nope. A bluebird of happiness landed on her windowsill – nope. In the darkness of those moments, face–planted in her wet pillow, she found something to be thankful for. Her pillow!!! We both laughed. However, finding that one thing to be truly thankful for started my friend on the journey to wellness. Sometimes, it can be that easy.

This week is Thanksgiving. There are some who will say, “Every day should be a day of thanksgiving!” I agree. Some of us will sing the old hymn: “Count your many blessings”. Some of us will gather with family and friends for food, fellowship and football. Some of us will sit in line shivering, but unwilling to lose our place, until the stores open for those great deals.  (Do people still do that?) And some of us, well, we may just want this season to go away because we are reminded of what we do not have. 

There is an effort these days to re-teach the Thanksgiving story and to view it through our supposedly empowered 21st century eyes. It is way too easy to judge events and decisions made in the past while sitting in the comfort of our homes. I will not get into how I really feel about all this except to say that there are some who simply want to “suck the life” out of this traditional time of acknowledging the birth of this wonderful nation before our founding fathers were even born.

Regardless of what may be going on around us or what others are trying to convince us of, there really is so much for which we can be grateful. Maybe it is the pillow on our bed. Maybe it is that deepening understanding of what Jesus/Yeshua did for us on the cross. Maybe our list is somewhere in-between. Regrettably, many people are dealing with varying degrees of depression. Sometimes medical assistance or counseling are helpful. (Yes, God can use medicines to help us!) And sometimes we need to look upwardly to the Lord and inwardly to retrieve those truths for which we are thankful. It can be an interesting exercise, whether solo or with others, to share about the things we are so grateful for. At the top of all our lists is the gratitude we have to our triune Lord of Father, Son and Spirit. But what are some other things for which maybe we are long overdue in expressing our gratitude to another or to the Lord? 

Count Your Many Blessings

When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Chorus

Count your blessings, name them one by one;

Count your blessings, see what God hath done;

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

And you will be singing as the days go by.

Chorus

When you look at others with their lands and gold,

Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold.

Count your many blessings, money cannot buy

Your reward in heaven, nor your Lord on high.

Chorus

So amid the conflict, whether great or small,

Do not be discouraged, God is over all;

Count your many blessings, angels will attend,

Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.

Chorus

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