Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. No pressure to have the decorations just right; no worries about finding the “perfect” gift. Thanksgiving for me is about family, good food, and taking time to reflect on the blessings of the last year. Sadly, this year, many of us are feeling more than a little shortchanged by the prospects of virtual gatherings, limited menus, and time spent mostly physically apart from loved ones near and far. Others of us are facing the first of many special events without the companionship of a loved one who has recently passed away. And a few of us, or our loved ones, are a little sick, very sick, or profoundly ill.

While we cannot change our current circumstances, we are not powerless. Instead of focusing on what feels broken, lost, or altered beyond what is recognizable, we can choose a spirit of thankfulness. We see examples of this in scripture from our friend David – who himself faced profound loss and complicated realities.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. Psalm 95:1-3

So today, regardless of our current reality, sadness or struggle, together we can choose thankfulness and offer a song of praise to our Creator, Savior and LORD.

T – God is Transcendent and not bound by space, time, or this current reality.

H – God is Holy and is incorruptible and fully separate from sin

A – God is Abba, and we can have a personal and intimate relationship with our heavenly father

N – God is Near in times of trouble, times of triumph, and every moment in between

K – God is King of Kings and Lord of Lord – and one day every knee will bow to Him

S – God is Sovereign. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present, and His purpose will come to pass in His perfect time

May you experience true peace and assurance that only our Savior can provide this Thanksgiving, and may your heart find reasons to make a joyful noise to the Rock of our Salvation.