To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives - the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections - that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let's not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are NOW and TRUST that we will soon see the guiding hand of a loving God.
For all things give thanks to God, because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus (1 Thess.5:18)
If we take happiness from God's hand, must we not take sorrow too? (Job 1:10)
Some Sunday thoughts...