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Start looking for the good instead of seeing the bad

PROFESSIONS OF FAITH

Good morning, dear friends! This morning as I was driving, out of nowhere, the blue skies burst through the bleakness of the gray. What joy that brought my heart! Don’t we just need some sunshine right now? Well, then, let’s be the sunshine we need … or should I say the Sonshine we need? We just need to keep on. Life as we now know it will soon just be a distant, dreadful memory. Does it need to be that way?

I see so many people reaching out to others right now. There is a sense of togetherness in our suffering. Folks are finally starting to get with the program of caring for one another. Could we say then that there have been some precious gifts we’ve gained through this virus? Could we now, finally, after eight long months of isolation and fear, turn the corner and see the blue skies once more? Could we begin to see what has been good instead of all that’s been bad?

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Many will cancel their family gatherings. If so, could we cancel or postpone out of a heart of love and concern for the health of another, rather than doing so out of anger or fear? Isn’t it the attitude behind the actions that matter most? In all of life, we can either see life as half empty or half full. What will your take be?

If cancelling Thanksgiving gatherings is the decision, what might replace that? Can we only be thankful if we are in close proximity? What about Facetime? A phone call? A card full of love and prayers? What is our focus, again? Half empty? Half full? Blue skies or gray?

Could we get creative instead? Could we make memories with our loved ones in new and different ways this year? A meal or a pie, dropped at the front door, accompanied by a smile, a cheerful wave, or a friendly note attached may just mean more now than at any other time, especially for a lonely, elderly soul. Our gestures of love certainly will not go unnoticed this year.

By now, I hope you are getting my message of hope. We just don’t need to live or fear or defeat. Where there is a will, there is a way. Speaking of, aren’t we so thankful that God made a way for each of us through the darkness of sin? He didn’t let all the happenings of the day dissuade Him from His show of love for us. He remained faithful, and we need to be committed to the same. That sacrificial act of love; the death of His dear Son on that cruel cross at Calvary was enough to ensure our safety in Heaven one day. Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Maybe this is the very gift of hope you might offer to a family member this year over the Thanksgiving season. What are you holding back for? Make this a thanksgiving to remember…the start of your life as a Christian. What better gift could you give to someone who has prayed for your soul for years?

What I hope you are hearing this morning, friend, is that as long as there is breath, there is hope. If we lose hope, we truly have lost at life anyway. Hebrews 10:23-25 tells us: Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the day approaching.

There you have it! God commands us to not give up meeting together, but maybe we need to get creative for the good of all. Brainstorm today. How might you make this day of thankfulness a day your family will cherish, whether you are together or apart?

Jesus is coming again! I believe the hour is drawing near. The signs are evident. May we be so focused at this time, on all the gifts that are ours because of the most precious gift He gave to us … Jesus. May we be faithful to see the good in others and in all of our situations. May we be blue skies to others, and not the bearer of all that’s gray. May our cups be overflowing with love and a commitment to be the hands of Jesus to some suffering soul over this time of despair … or do you see it as a gift from God? We all have much to think and pray about now. God bless your day of thanksgiving, no matter how you choose to recognize it. The most important thing is that you do. God commands it! May you know His love right now. Better still, be His love, especially now. Who knows? Maybe new family traditions will begin this year that will carry long into the future! God bless you all! Life is a gift!

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