I’ve been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving.  And I’ve been thinking about all the things I’m thankful for.  But, do you know something?  As I was thinking about all the blessings for which I’m grateful, I also remembered that there are some things that I’m not that excited about.  There are some things in my life that I probably wouldn’t count as blessings.

Our culture tells us to sift through the circumstances in our lives, pick out the good ones, the pleasant ones, the easy ones, and give thanks for them.  What do we do with everything else though? What do we do with the things that aren’t good or pleasant or easy?

Well, we give thanks for those, too.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

–Thessalonians 5:16-18

Give thanks for it all.

Give thanks for the turkey made by your Mama.

And give thanks for the burnt cookies made by your sweetest niece.

Give thanks for the leaf in the table that makes it wider for all the extra smiles.

And give thanks for the card table you sit at with all the sticky-fingered gems of the family.

Give thanks for the laughs you share around the table.

And give thanks for the tears that come when you see the empty seat that ought to be filled.

Give thanks for the gathering of family.

And give thanks for jobs that might be hindering the reunions.

Give thanks for the friends.

And give thanks for the enemies.

Give thanks for the money in the bank.

And give thanks for the bills you have to pay.

Give thanks for the spring in your step.

And give thanks for the ache in your knees.

Give thanks for the promotion at work.

And give thanks for the prognosis at the doctor’s office.

Give thanks for good.

And give thanks for the bad.

Give thanks in the light.

And give thanks in the dark.

Scripture doesn’t give a filter through which we can sift our circumstances and sort them into piles of good and bad.  “Give thanks in ALL circumstances.”

Why?

Because the Lord is worthy of all the praise and all the thanks in every situation.  He does not sway with our circumstances.  And that, my friend, is enough to cause thanksgiving.