Will This Be a Happy Thanksgiving?


Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is later this week. And everyone is celebrating. The cashier at the supermarket, the mail carrier, the receptionist at the doctor’s office. Happy Thanksgiving!

But what if this Thanksgiving Day is not a happy one for you?

You may have lost loved ones this year…and this is your first Thanksgiving without them.

You, or someone close to you, may have received a frightening diagnosis…and you’re wondering if this will be your last Thanksgiving with your family.

You may have lost your job, or you’re in the process of losing your home…and you wonder where you’ll spend next Thanksgiving.

The prospect of wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving, or in a few weeks, a merry Christmas, may be as appealing to you as an abscessed tooth.

Yet Thanksgiving – the attitude and the day – is not about itemizing what we have or don’t have. Rather, it begins with knowing that, as Christians, we belong to the one, true, living God because He has extended the gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus. That’s what Christmas is all about.

But what if your heavenly Father, never gave you another thing…never again answered yes to one of your prayers…never responded to another cry for help? What if the God of the universe seems to ignore your pleas for healing…or doesn’t restore that broken relationship…or doesn’t prevent your child from making a tragic choice? What if…your worst nightmare came true?

Would you and I cease to be thankful for Who we belong to and what we do have, just because God doesn’t respond the way we think He should? Or will we trust His goodness and His sovereignty?

In our relationship with our heavenly Father, will we seek His hand or will we seek His heart? Our decision will determine whether or not we have a happy Thanksgiving.

What will you do this Thanksgiving?

Ava Pennington

After a 20-year corporate career, Ava Pennington is thoroughly enjoying her second career as an author, teacher, and speaker. Her book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is published by Revell Books and endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precepts Ministries. Ava has also written for numerous magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse. Her work has been published in 30+ anthologies, including 25 Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Ava also teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class. When she’s not writing and teaching, Ava enjoys playing with her mischievous 5-year-old Boxers, Duke & Daisy. For more information, visit www.AvaWrites.com.

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