When your thankfulness comes from emptiness

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It’s Thanksgiving.

Ready or not, it’s time to be thankful.

(Really, every day is time to be thankful.  We don’t need a holiday to tell us to be thankful, but just go with me on this…)

Perspective is reality, and maybe from your perspective, there’s not much to be thankful for right now.

Maybe you’re heading into Thanksgiving feeling empty.

Empty of hope.

Empty of peace.

Empty of rest.

Empty of comfort.

Empty of joy.

Empty of purpose.

Empty of thankfulness.


It’s hard to be thankful when you feel so empty.

The good news is that even though you may not be able to change your circumstances right now, you can change your perspective.

You can believe in a God who is able to do more than you could ever ask for or imagine.  (Ephesians 3:20)

You can pray to a God who is able to give you the peace that you so desperately need.  (Philippians 4:6-7)

You can trust in a God who will supply all of your needs.  (Philippians 4:19)

You can be close to a God who will never abandon you.  (Hebrews 13:5)

You can even ask God to help change your perspective, and He will help you. (Psalms 121)

The reality is that God is the only One who can fill your emptiness.

He is your hope.

He is your peace.

He is your rest.

He is your comfort.

He is your joy.

He is your purpose.

He is the reason you can be thankful even in your emptiness.

The Lord always keeps his promises;
    he is gracious in all he does.
14 The Lord helps the fallen
    and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
15 The eyes of all look to you in hope;
    you give them their food as they need it.
16 When you open your hand,
    you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in everything he does;
    he is filled with kindness.
18 The Lord is close to all who call on him,
    yes, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He grants the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cries for help and rescues them.

Psalms 145:13-19 (NLT)





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