Thanksgiving is almost here, and I’m filling my fridge with all the makings of a beautiful, allergen-friendly meal.
I love the colors of our meal, red cranberries, orange tangerines, spicy cinnamon, crisp, green salad, blue, red and purple berries. The colors alone are a cause to give thanks.
As I’m preparing for Thursday and talking with folks, seeing what they are doing for this holiday feast, there’s something I’m hearing again and again. Brokeness. Hurt. Fear. Anger. Because all the family stuff we don’t think about all year long rears it’s ugly head now. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a beautiful joining together of thankfulness, but instead we’re remembering all of our hurt places and trying to get our families to get along.
I’m there. I’ve walked that path, and am still walking it. But there’s something I learned early on. Jesus asks us to forgive. Not because we’ll get an apology. Not because things will change or be better, but because forgiveness sets us free. It allows us to walk away from a life and path of bitterness. We still walk wounded, scarred, but Jesus did too. But we walk with freedom, peace, purpose.
“God heals the brokenhearted, and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and knows them all by name. How great is our Lord! …The Lord’s delight is in those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His unfailing love.” Psalm 147:3-4, 11
If this week is a week of joy for you, take time to praise God for the goodness in your life. And if it is a time of sorrow, come to Him. Allow Him to heal you, to bandage your wounds. Forgive. And speak praise to Him, because His love is unfailing ♥