Giving thanks for obvious blessings is not difficult. Giving thanks for the tough stuff, the things that look like anything but blessings, takes real faith.
I’ve written on another Thanksgiving about giving thanks for what I call “disguised gifts” in Abundant Gifts. I wrote that when we give thanks for things that don’t seem on the surface like good things, our faith opens the way for God to turn it into a blessing.
Some things we experience are downright painful, and part of living in this broken world. Death, for instance, is an enemy that Jesus himself cried over (then conquered and transformed).
There are other kinds of pain I think God allows into our lives because his ultimate goal is for healing. Continue reading “Giving Thanks for the Tough Stuff”