In a world turned upside down, we say “thank you” to God in all circumstances for this is his will. BCC counselor Lucy Ann Moll continues counseling by video-conferencing (Skype, FaceTime, Zoom) from her new office in Alabama. Her article appeared first here on her website.
A “Thank You” prayer popped up in my e-mail box, and it was exactly what I needed amid all the craziness in the world. The pray-er wrote it after a natural disaster. But your trial might be something else — a wayward child, an illness, a difficult marriage, a financial setback, or another difficulty, right? Right now, I’m dealing with some family stuff.
And so I say “thank you” to God who is always with me and loves me.
I just want to say Thank You.
Lord, I just want to say THANK YOU. Thank you because this morning I woke up and knew where my children were.
And I thank you because this morning my home was still standing, because this morning I am not crying due to my husband, my child, my brother or sister needs to be recovered from underneath a pile of concrete.
Because this morning I was able to drink a glass of water, turn on the light, take a shower, and because I was not planning a funeral.
Thank You for my voice
But most of all I thank you this morning because I still have life and a voice to cry out for the people who hurt.
I cry out that you give those mothers strength, that you give them peace that surpasses all understanding.
So I pray You may open the streets so that help can come, that You may provide doctors, nurses, food, water, and all needs in a blink of an eye.
Give us peace, hope, and courage
Father, for all those that have lost family members, give them peace, give them hope, give them courage to continue to go on!
Protect the children and shield them with your love and power. I pray all this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Friends, isn’t it tough to give thanks in trials? But this is exactly what God call us to do. Consider 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
… give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
So what does this mean?
- We give thanks in the circumstance not necessarily for it. Who in her right mind would give thanks for a tragedy like a child’s cancer diagnosis? But we say thank you to God for being with us in our pain.
- As crazy as it sounds, we give thanks in all circumstances, even the hard, for they draw us to the Lord.
- And we know giving thanks is God’s will. No question.