I recently was decorating my kitchen with a new table and some seasonal items. I was placing one of those trendy tabletop notecards display that has catchy quotes on little cards that are somehow supposed to be uplifting or motivational. I flipped to a card that seemed quite timely and it said the following:
“There is always something for which to be THANKFUL.” Charles Dickens
This really made me stop and take a moment to reflect on the goodness around me and how our lives are often so busy with the details and commitments in front of us, that we forget to remember with gratitude, the blessings in our lives. I then thought about the catchy quote and its author and although I am a fan of Charles Dickens, I think he may have taken some creative licensing from the original source of wonderful quotes- those found in the Bible.
Jesus has called all of us to a life filled with thankfulness. To reflect on our lives with gratitude for the gifts we have received is especially difficult during a time of loss or when we are grieving. We often question God’s plans and from our limited human perspective, we don’t always understand the happenings in our lives or in the world. We must remember that we are designed to live by faith, rather than by sight. We are looking at this tapestry called life from the underside of the tapestry where we see all the knots and ties and not the beautiful design. God is looking at the tapestry of our lives from above- where he sees the beautifully detailed design. Our faith teaches us to trust in Him and to give thanks in all circumstances. Even when we are sad and grieving the loss of a loved one.
2 Corinthians 5:7
1 Thessalonians 5:18