This time of year is usually difficult for a lot of people. Even though there is a lot of activity going on there is still a group of individuals who struggle with being alone during the holidays. You see them smiling but on the inside there is a hole waiting to be filled. Sometimes they could be totally alone with no family or friends close to them but other times they could be surrounded by loved ones and still feel alone. I understand their pain because I feel that way sometimes…I felt that way yesterday.
A wave of loneliness overtook me and all I wanted to do was crawl into bed, pull the covers over my head and cry…and I almost did but I then remembered the sermon I heard earlier that day and I reminded myself that while I may feel alone God is always with me.
And so I just want to say how thankful I am that I know Jesus and have a place to worship every week. I’m thankful that I have family and friends that love me. I’m thankful I have a job I enjoy going to everyday. I’m thankful I have a roof over my head. I’m thankful I have a car that runs. I’m thankful I’m able to pray and worship without threat of being killed. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to pour into people’s lives. I’m thankful that everyday God wakes me up is another day to honor Him. I’m thankful that my heart is so filled with love & joy that all I want to do is share it.
I’m thankful for every minute I have.
My prayer is that we all take time to thank God for all we have and that we let our families & friends know how much we love them.
So tonight as I crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head I may cry. But it won’t be a cry of loneliness it will be a cry of gratitude…
“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High” Psalm 7:17
“In that day you will say: Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18