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[Lighthouse Daily Devotion] Reasons to be Thankful

LIGHTHOUSE DAILY DEVOTION
(Sent daily except Sunday)
November 24, 2022

Reasons to be Thankful

Psalm 26:6 - That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

Did you ever find yourself staring at the words Thanksgiving Day on the calendar and wondering what in the world you had to be thankful for?  It could happen if a job loss makes you wonder how you’ll ever get enough money to survive. Or if you have recently  heard nothing but bad news from the doctor.  Or if someone you had entrusted with your heart has broken it and run away.

The reasons we may find it hard to give thanks are as many as the troubles that strike us each day.  Difficulties don’t pause for a Thanksgiving break.  There is a way, however, to find reasons to be thankful during even the darkest episodes of life.  When the curtain of struggles seems to block out all joy, we can choose to be thankful.

One way is to look into the Scriptures to see all the things we have to be thankful for, which have nothing to do with circumstances.  Despite our trials, we can give thanks for God’s unfailing goodness (Psalm 106:1); for God’s holy name (Psalm30:4); for deliverance of sin (Romans 7:24,25); for victory over death (1 Corinthians 15:56-57); for God’s nearness (Heb.13:5).

When all joy seems to be gone, we can still find reasons to thank God – even if it means thanking Him that our difficulties will one day be replaced by the joys of heaven.

Reasons to thank the Heavenly Father:
The gift of His Son Jesus, who gives us eternal life.
The gift of earthly life to serve Him.
The gift of each other, so that we may enjoy fellowship.

Thought for today:  If you pause to think, you’ll have cause to thank.

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We want to thank all of you who pray for and help provide for all of our children.  God bless you for thinking of the Lighthouse children around the world on Thanksgiving Day.

    ~~Larry and Paula Neff
 

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