“I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.” (Psalm 116:17)
I started noticing this phrase in my Bible: the sacrifice of thanksgiving. And I’ve noticed how true it is for my heart sometimes. On the days when I’m soul-weary and exhausted. On days when I feel like I’m not seen or heard. It’s there on the days when grief and sorrow cloud the day. And it’s there on the days when confusion, doubt, and questions flood in.
Because the truth is, I don’t always want to offer thanksgiving to God. When life doesn’t look like what I want it to, it’s hard to offer thanksgiving. When disappointments and hurts cloud my heart, it’s hard to muster up thankfulness. In the midst of confusion and deep sorrow, it’s difficult to practice giving thanks.
And truthfully? These seasons come often. Hurt rolls in with the storms of life. Confusion and doubt easily become our companions on our journey. Disappointments come as our dreams come untrue and our hopes shatter.
But I also know that giving thanks is a good way to fight for the light. In the middle of the deepest darkness, a gift of thanks brings light. It brings love. Because in choosing to give thanks? We take on a different perspective. We choose to see as God does, beyond our circumstances and understanding. So we choose to believe in the goodness of God.
Yet, on some days, giving thanks is a sacrifice. There seems to be nothing in our circumstances that we are thankful for. We see only darkness and disappointments, instead of blessings. But those days, it’s good to remind ourselves that giving thanks is a practice. And it is a sacrifice.
We die to ourselves, and we put our feelings aside. Instead we choose God’s perspective and hope beyond what we think is possible. But we fully trust that with God, all things are possible. So we sacrifice a bit of ourselves and we offer thanksgiving to the One who deserves it all.
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