We’re often told “In everything give thanks”. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. It’s easy to be grateful for a warm house, loving friends, clean air, water, Thanksgiving dinner, reasonably good health, or a special partner or pet. But what about difficulties? Economic or personal losses?
Many years ago now, the power of gratitude really came home to me when my then husband didn’t want me any more. I was absolutely devastated. Non-functioning. My good friend Martha suggested I come for a visit—some three hours away—and the long drive gave me plenty of time not only to cry, but also to think.
Eventually I remembered, “In everything give thanks”. So I gave it a shot. Through my tears, I prayed, “Look, God, this is really, really painful. And it’s not okay! I’m lost, alone, rejected, and afraid. But I’m going to say, ‘thank you’ anyway. Note that I’m NOT thankful for the pain, but I choose to trust. I choose, in faith, to be grateful for the good that will come out of this dreadful time.”
Like a miracle, at that very moment, my slow healing began. Unfortunately, EFT had not yet been discovered. Had this powerful technique been available, it would have ‘neutralized’ any unproductive emotions connected to my grief–and sped up my healing.
During this holiday season, I encourage you to give thanks, even for the difficulties you may face. In faith, like me, give thanks for the good that will come out of the distress. That good may only be personal or spiritual growth, but at the end of the day might that be what matters most?
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Thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony to the power of thankfulness! What a great reminder for all of us!