Celebrating And Thanksgiving
The holiday of Thanksgiving provides
us an opportunity to reflect upon all the things for which we are thankful. For most people, the upcoming season is a time
for creating fond memories with family, friends, and loved ones.
Many of us, especially those who
are out of work, battling finances, health problems, or suffering a some sort loss, for us, it may be a time when giving thanks
for anything may seem nearly impossible to do. Regardless of the trigger, our outside circumstances’ can create depression,
despair and make it difficult to breath in our current circumstances, maybe even hard to get up in the morning and to go through
the motions of a day. But I have learned that the simple act of “Giving Thanks.”
is the first step away from despondency.
Giving thanks never enters the radar
of consciousness, when you feel defeated. "Out of Kilter circumstances can force us to focus on the negative.” But the
beginning of a journey towards joy again, begins when look up instead of around, when our eyes seek the Light.
The step into the Light requires
only our will, “From the darkness into the light" has been a recurring theme for the world for centuries, one that I
have explored several times from various styles and in / by several different writers, preacher and speakers. I get the advantage
of studying works from all over the Globe with the World Wide Web, my whole day is spent preparing work for these sites.
For most of us, the way out of the
darkest of times becomes a sort of pilgrimage to unearth our authentic selves and establish a tangible, genuine, reliable
connection with our Creator. And finding a way to give thanks is the key to beginning that quest.
If we really try, we can always
find something, anything, for which to be thankful. If you hate your job, at least you have one. If you are sick and in pain
you at least have times when comfort remind us who we are. You may have a family, friends, a family of believers who loves
you and wants to minister to your needs. If you are alone and lonely, you probably have a roof over your head that is keeping
you safe and secure.
If you are homeless, there is at
least assistance out there via people, churches and organizations that care and want to help you. This bright-siding is not
meant to minimize the pain and torment that can come into your life. Most difficult circumstances sharpen us into stronger
people. This is merely intended to illustrate that no matter how bad things can be, we can always find something positive
if we will try. It involves a change of perspective, a willingness to begin the healing process, and a desire to feel happy
We have all heard the cliché that
if you look around, -- you can always find someone else whose problems are worse than yours. And this platitude may be no
consolation when you are hurting deeply. But when I was a child tied to a freezer in the basement, it was those thoughts that
kept me sane. There is a reason that clichés persist; there is a grain of truth in those words that offers hope.
The simple act of looking outside
of yourself takes the focus away from you momentarily, where we are at appears less threatening. And that is the essence of
finding peace in the midst of chaos—moving the emphasis away from us and towards others in worse shape.
I have also learned that the darkest
periods of my life have a purpose far greater than anything I might have encountered. They serve not only to teach me, not
only to make me stronger, yet also to give me empathy and understanding when others cross my path bearing their own sufferings.
My attempts to offer love and solace were not only heartfelt, but they were given with awareness, a comprehension of the vast
array of emotions felt by those of us who have recovered or are recovering.
When we accepted we needed to step
into a world of forgiveness, forgiving ourselves for the things we had done, the things we had done to another, made a mends
where possible and accepted the spiritual steps to growth. While in our stubbornness to accept we had a problem` we couldn't
make the situation any better or any more bearable for ourselves or any one else, but when I could accept I needed help then
sharing my love for God with more compassion and a greater sensitivity to the circumstances of others. I found I could stay
focused on staying the person God intended for me to be.
If you are finding it difficult to give thanks this holiday
season, I can relate. I have found myself in a similar situation, more than once. I can't claim to know how you feel because
we are all on our own unique journeys. But I do know what it is like to be so devastated, depressed so broken, and so despondent
that life seems to hold no joy, no hope and no peace. However, there are some universal truths that can serve to deliver you
from that darkness, as they did me.
God is REAL and he LOVES us.
I KNOW this because he delivered
me and he showed me, step-by-step, the way out of my own darkness. He never promised us a life without trouble, but he did
promise to always walk through those troubles with us. And he often uses our experiences to teach, guide us, to help us help
one another along this path we call life. God's light the wholeness we desire, is the welcomed beacon in the darks of darkness,
guiding us to that brighter Better tomorrow.
God can take the most difficulties, sorrows and painful of circumstances and
turn them around for our good and his glory, turn as a writer put it, “Our scars into stars.”
Being thankful is the first step towards changing your mindset.
Start with finding something, anything,
for which you can be thankful for, it might be as tiny as the kindness of a stranger, the laughter of a child, a glimpse of
the sun on a cloudy day. It could be the warmth of a fire with a friend. It could be a person you do not even know, showing
their kind heartedness to another, it could be the passion for Christ you see to others. If you make the effort, I promise—you
WILL find something. Keep saying "thank you God" over and over and wondrous things will begin to happen. You will start discovering
other things for which you are grateful. Add them to your "thank you" list. Don't stop giving thanks--make it part of your
daily routine, all throughout the day, not just in the morning or at night. And when a new "something" reveals itself, say
"thank you" at that moment as well. It might be as silly as the stop light changing to green, or as moving and meaningful
as the loving gesture of a friend or family member. Train yourself to realize that each and every "good" thing in life is
a reason to celebrate and give thanks.
Giving to others is a gift to yourself.
Make a choice to do something to
help someone else. You can start small; bring your co-worker their favorite flavor from the coffee shop. Bake a batch of cookies
for the neighborhood children. Even better, volunteer at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Join a committee for a charitable
cause. Offer your time at a senior citizens center. Give blood, comfort babies born addicted to crack, read to shut-ins at
a nursing home. ANYTHING—just venture outside yourself and give of yourself to someone else. I know it feels like your
well is dry and that you have nothing left to give. But you are wrong—your pain, your despair, your circumstances make
you uniquely qualified to feel compassion and understand the suffering of others. Before long you will feel that well of faith
building inside you.
Besides helping others, we ourselves
grow and mature more from the struggles of our lives than from any other situation. It you are going through a rough period
right now, use this time to develop your faith, to strengthen your weaknesses, to conquer your fears, to reach out to others
who are hurting too. Believe it or not, trials and misfortunes can be gifts in disguise. They are gifts that help us to hone
our coping skills, bolster our resolve and fortify our convictions. They reinforce our character and serve us well when the
next challenge of our lives comes along. Not just that! Set positive, achievable goal you know are obtainable then set plans
for the bigger one that will take time and effort to accomplish -- you will see yourself moving forward.
"Consider it a sheer gift, friends,
when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open
and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed,
not deficient in any way" (James 1:2-4).
So as we approach Thanksgiving,
use this time to be thankful for what you have rather than dwelling on what you have lost. Give of yourself—you are
a carefully crafted creation with unique talents, And Remember all God has made is a workmanship of greatness, including you,
you have experiences and gifts that only you can share. Seek professional counseling if you need help taking the first steps
to wellness, it is not bad thing, if you need a little help. Know this, if God had not intended for doctors to be for our
best, to be there to help us, then He would not have created them, Remember He makes no mistakes. Ask God for his guidance…..
HE IS there and HE has not forsaken you! Don't isolate yourself with pain and despair. Seek out the company of others and
surround yourself with loving, caring people who can help you to see the joy that life holds.
I realize that serious circumstances
may involve more guidance than a mere article or the sharing from any well intentioned person, church or organization. But
I want to leave you with hope, with a place to start and with the knowledge that you are not alone.
There IS an end to this sorrow,
but it is you who has to take the first step to find your way, "out of the darkness and into the light." I promise you, the
journey is well worth the effort and if I managed to do it, then I believe that you can also. Remember, big changes start
with small steps--are you ready to begin taking yours, if you have not already. If you have, you have a great deal to be thankful
for, give this to someone you know who need it please feel free to make sure they receive a copy.
My sincerest prayer for a Happy
Thanksgiving to you all, now and in your walk…
In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ
Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot
or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in His own time, God, the blessed and only
Ruler, the "KING of Kings and LORD of Lords" Who Alone Is Immortal and Who Lives In Unapproachable Light, Whom No One Has
Seen Or Can See. To Him be honor and might forever. 1 Timothy 6:13-16
"The Lord is my shepherd. He gives
me everything I need…he gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths for the honor of his name. Even though
I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid. You are with me" (Psalm 23).
God Grant Me
To Accept The Things I cannot
To Change the Things that I can
To know The difference one from the
Your will, and not mine own be Done… Amen…