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As we turn the calendar from candy-sharing and costumes to the season of giving thanks, chances are good that a lot of mixed emotions are swirling around – excitement and anxiety over the coming holiday season; perhaps grief due to emptying seats around the family table paired with the celebration of new babies and in-laws; maybe even depression about the end of 2018 nearing so quickly with so much of a “To Do” list left to complete, or renewed hope that the closing of a “bad year” will make way for a brighter 2019.

Whichever emotions may be visiting you today and throughout this season, “In spite of everything let us give thanks to the Lord our God, who is putting us to the test as He did our ancestors” (Judith 8:25, NRSV). Scripture is filled with passages urging Believers to maintain an attitude of thankfulness to our Heavenly Father, regardless of circumstances. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, please seek out a moment of peace with God’s Word… and remember to keep breathing.

Some great spots to start that encourage thankfulness are:

  • 1 Chronicles 16
  • Sprinkled all throughout the book of Psalms – especially Psalm 100 and 136
  • Colossians 3
  • Hebrews 12

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”

(from St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians 3:15, NRSV)