by Jennifer AlLee
There are some days when you want to run around, singing praises of thanksgiving for all God has done for you. And there are other days when you wonder what the heck God was thinking and the last thing you want to do is say thank you.
2012 was filled with lots of those days for me. Both kinds.
|What are you thankful for?|
It takes a profound conversion to accept that God is relentlessly tender and compassionate toward us just as we are - not in spite of our sins and faults (that would not be total acceptance), but with them. Though God does not condone or sanction evil, He does not withhold His love because there is evil in us.Wow. It's natural for us to think that, when bad things happen, God is not with us, His love is not all over us. But that's totally wrong. Our condition in no way reflects the depth of love God has for us. He doesn't love the millionaire anymore than He loves the homeless person. He doesn't win the prize-winning athlete anymore than he loves the person who can't walk. His love is indescribable, incomprehensible, and unending.
So what does all this have to do with thankfulness? When we have things to be thankful for, we also feel God's love and attention. When we feel there's nothing to be thankful for, we often feel that God has abandoned us. I decided that, this year, I'm going to be thankful every day, even if I have to try really hard to do it.
Over at my personal blog, I'm putting up a new thing every day that I'm thankful for. So far, it's been the new year and sugar-free Jell-o (because even the little things are blessings). I hope to keep this up every day. And if I do, I can be thankful for that in 2014 :)
What about you? What are you thankful for?
JENNIFER ALLEE believes the most important thing a woman can do is find her identity in God – a theme that carries throughout her novels. A professional writer for over twenty years, she's done extensive freelance work for Concordia Publishing House, including skits, Bible activity pages, and over 100 contributions to their popular My Devotions series. Her novels include The Love of His Brother (Five Star, 11/07), The Pastor’s Wife (Abingdon Press, 2/10), The Mother Road (Abingdon Press, 4/12) and the upcoming A Wild Goose Chase Christmas (Abingdon Press, 11/12). She's thrilled to be working on her first historical series with the amazing Lisa Karon Richardson. Diamond in the Rough is the first book in the Charm and Deceit series, to be released in 2013 by Whitaker House. And... as if that's not enough, her novella Comfort and Joy will appear in the Christmas anthology, Mistletoe Memories (Barbour, 9/13) She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Christian Authors Network, and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.