Giving Thanks

Here in California we are collectively grieving the devastating wildfires, offering up daily prayers for the families still searching for missing loves ones and for protection over the brave and exhausted fire fighters. Thousands of people are displaced from their homes with no home to go to for Thanksgiving, facing unfathomable circumstances. 

Rain and mudslides continue to pose a huge risk and are not covered by insurance. Beloved pets and animals are displaced and our hearts just break for the depths of pain people are experiencing.

We see you. We wish we could sit quietly, holding each of your hands, just to be with you today. 

For anyone finding themselves this Thanksgiving simply putting one foot in front of the other, whether you feel like your life has unraveled around you or you are facing dread of the anxieties family functions can inevitably bring, we are with you. 

You are never alone. 

Joshua 1:9 promises that God is with you, His arms wrapped around you and he weeps with you. He sees the core of your pain. Today, He will hold you and later, He will deliver you. He will create good out of what was intended to hurt you and you will rise stronger. 

Here are some verses to pray over yourself, loved ones, and those we know are facing the unimaginable this Thanksgiving for we are all part of one human family, one body of Christ.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9

 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.- Isaiah 41:10

I will not leave you or forsake you.- Deuteronomy 31:6

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save. -Zephaniah 3:17 

As for me, this year I am eternally grateful for my family’s health and well-being. I am grateful for our willingness to face difficult truths with grace and openness, allowing the beauty to vastly overshadow difficulty. I’m grateful for friends who deeply know me and the blessing of getting to share our lives together. I’m grateful for my tenacity that dimmed slightly when I was knee deep in taking care of young children, but is coming back with full force. I’m grateful for my siblings who are open and willing to say yes to an invitation to create what I believe will greatly impact lives. I’m grateful for a house and the people inside who make my house a home. I’m grateful for my willingness to see difficult seasons as a gift that change the course of my life for the better, and for the gifts God brings in my life on a daily basis. Lastly, I’m grateful for God. Just for God and His love. 

I’d love to hear what you are grateful for today, and may your Thanksgiving be filled with cheer, love, and precious moments with loved ones. 

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