Psalm 28:6-8 (ESV)
6 Blessed be the Lord!
For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
8 The Lord is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
The Civil War was at its height when President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. On October 3, 1863, amidst 50,000 fallen soldiers, destroyed battlegrounds, and an entire population at odds with each other.
Recently, the United States has endured several tragedies: hurricanes, large-scale fires, mass shootings, a heroin epidemic, terrorism.
Perhaps this year you are struggling to find something to be thankful for. Or maybe this season has always been difficult for you.
A brutal war had torn America apart when Thanksgiving was declared, just after the battle of Gettysburg had just been won. A battle that changed the course of American history, paving the way for freedom and democracy.
Has God ever called you to give thanks during a season of conflict and turmoil?
Dear Lord, help us to practice gratitude in such seasons of our life no matter how bad things look. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.