Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Tough Times & Thankfulness

Tough times make us all reach down into the depths of our souls to discover and recover morsels of gratitude.  Right now, think of ten things for which you are grateful.  Nope. Don’t read on.  Stop. Make yourself do it.  Ten things. How do you feel?  Did you find yourself reminiscing about the memories that coincide with some of the entities you listed? Therein lies part of the practice.  For the next two weeks, set a reminder three times per day to engage in this practice. 

Max Lucado reminded us, as the bible records, “On the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24)  It’s not often you see the words betrayed and thanks in the same sentence, much less in the same heart.  In the midst of the darkest night of the human soul, Jesus found a way to give thanks.  Anyone can thank God for the light.  Jesus teaches us to thank God for the night.  And He says to us, “you’ll get through this,” and we will.

Tammy Heflebower