Theology Thursday: Giving Thanks

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Every time I think of the wonderful things God gives me, I’m naturally grateful.

Just simply thinking that God has granted me life for more than 28 years is enough to sing praises to my Lord. I’ve been given so much. I have two wonderful parents that have given their lives for me. I have two wonderful brothers who have both have pestered me, but have always uplifted me too. I have a wonderful career and education. I have a wonderful boyfriend, who has taught me to believe in love all over again.

One can say I have it all.

In my heart I know who has given me all of these, again, “wonderful” deeds. It’s my Lord and Savior and I want shout it over the roof tops.

However, I’ve been in situations where things weren’t all that grand. I’ve suffered, I’ve cried, I’ve known heartache. So does God put me through pain too?

St. Mother Teresa once said that God wouldn’t put her through something she couldn’t handle. I agree. Even in the most deepest and darkest moments of my life I greatly believe that God is trying to tell me something. He’s trying to prepare me for something greater and beyond anything I can even withstand.

6 Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. 7 Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

St. Paul wrote to the Philippians asking them to seek the Lord in their time of anguish. But, he also wanted them to give thanks in doing so. God wants us to have peace. But, he wants to help us find that peace because we can’t do it alone, and why would we when we have a Father so willing and able to be our shield. Just thinking about how “wonderful” God is, makes me even more thankful.

8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9

While it’s important for me to give thanks for all the good God gives me I also need to hold myself accountable for everything that might not always go as smoothly as planned. Even in the bad, it can always be worthy of praise. Because if God puts me through it; he will help me through it. This verse tell us that we need to learn from our suffering because it’s in that moment that God wants us to grow. It’s in that moment that God is holding our hand. It’s in that moment that God is lighting our path.

On this Thanksgiving day, I praise the Lord for the lessons I have yet to learn. For the good, for the bad, and for being at peace.

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