…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18
I’m so glad that the verse in I Thessalonians doesn’t say “for all things give thanks.” That would be a pretty tall order.
Once again my sweet mother has spoken to me even though she’s been with the great Cloud of Witnesses for a few years now. I picked up one of her journals and was thumbing through her collection of thoughts and submissions. I was happy to find the recipe for zucchini bread that I lost years ago and quickly purchased all the ingredients needed to bake up that family favorite.
But the entry that brought joy was a list she had made. At the top of the page, Momo had written, “Count Your Blessings, Name Them One by One.” Momo mentioned our country, her Christian parents and family, her children, and her friends and neighbors. And then she went on to mention their little dog and “the privilege of summer vacations” [in various places]. She even mentions their home location “with all the conveniences close.” Momo lived with a heart full of thanksgiving so that it was easy to be grateful for the obvious as well as the small things of life.
My parents remain two of my heroes—not because they were perfect or I always agreed with them. I admire them because they followed Jesus to the fullest of their understanding of his teachings and ways. Even when it went against personal preferences or opinions, they followed Jesus. Perhaps that’s why Momo lived with a heart of thanksgiving.
This year I cannot begin to list all the things for which I am thankful, but at the top of the list I would have to write, “my parents and my family.”
Lord, I have a godly heritage, and I thank you that I was led to you at a young age. Thank you for the genuine examples of godliness that blessed my formative years, and help me to bless the little ones in my family that they may grow and love and serve you. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.