Silver Linings
Silver Linings
 
“Always be joyful.  Keep on praying.  No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT) 
 
As a child growing up I very often heard, although didn’t really believe it at the time, that there was a silver lining in every cloud.  Maybe at that point I just didn’t understand. 
 
Sometimes as human beings, life can just seem to be very complicated and life events can take one to the darkest of dark if we allow it.
 
After experiencing times (events/moments) such as these myself, God’s love, grace and mercy have shown me that nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake.  Those things which I have thought to be the absolute worst actually have turned out to be the best things that have ever happened to me, while drawing me closer to Him. 
 
Entering the Advent Season reminds me once again that I should constantly remain in an attitude of gratitude for all of life’s happenings no matter how I perceive them, whether good or bad.   At this specific time in our lives, how can we not be grateful; for all of us have received the most precious of precious gifts in the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.  It is our choice to open, embrace, and enjoy our gift.  For His gift, even when things start to grow dark and I don’t understand, I hope I can always remember my gift and say “Thank you”.
 
Meditation:
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures…….Thornton Wilder
Am I truly alive or just living?
 
Prayer
Heavenly Father, help me each day, in any situation, to be grateful.  Even when I don’t feel like praying give me the courage to say “Thank You”.  Amen
- Sam Huffstetler

 

Last Published: December 6, 2013 7:36 AM
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