“When Jesus tells us not to let our hearts be troubled, and to give thanks in all circumstances, we can know that we have a high priest who is able to sympathize with us (Hebrews 4:15), and that he has left us an example, so that we might follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21).” – Jon Bloom
My heart swells giving thanks to God on this Thanksgiving Day even in the midst of grief. I am so thankful this year for all that God has done in growing and strengthening my faith. I am thankful that Sarah’s long physical suffering came to an end and she’s in the glory of heaven. I am thankful for the countless people who supported and encouraged me all year long. I am thankful for the wonderful conversations that Sarah and I were able to have this year as she looked ahead to the challenges I would face. I am thankful for more than I can even comprehend.
I can truly and completely “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (I Thes. 5:8) because of who my God is and what He has and continues to do for me.
My life is transitory…I need an eternal perspective:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” – James 4:13-15
Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! – Psalm 39:5
Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not. – Job 14:1-2
The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. – Psalm 90:10
“Happiness is caused by things that happen around me, and circumstances will mar it; but joy flows right on through trouble; joy flows on through the dark; joy flows in the night as well as in the day; joy flows all through persecution and opposition. It is an unceasing fountain bubbling up in the heart; a secret spring the world can’t see and doesn’t know anything about. The Lord gives His people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to Him.” — D.L. Moody
On this Veteran’s Day weekend, cherishing the memories of how Sarah supported me in countless ways throughout our marriage. Love this picture of us after I returned from my deployment only 6 months after we got married of which we had only spent 2.5 months together before I had to leave. Don’t forget to thank and support those on the home front too!