As a junior high writing instructor, I feel a responsibility to practice the skills that I teach, even though time for writing comes in bits and pieces. I enjoy playing with language and rhythm and the flow of words. There is power in writing, and I like to use writing to express feelings and to influence people. I hope that, in a small way, you may be blessed by my musings.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES
By Kathy Graumann
November 7, 2012
in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
First Thessalonians 5:18
Father created a perfect world, a world that was flawless, without sin or
shame. When mankind chose to sin, our Father’s world became corrupted. Yet, our
Father loved mankind and sent His Son to redeem us. In the midst of the turmoil
and pain our sin has caused, our Father beseeches us to “give thanks in all
circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
circumstances,” He commands. Even when Hurricane Sandy destroys my home or when
a United States ambassador has been murdered by terrorists? Even when I have
lost my job or the farmland is dry and parched? Does God call me to obey His
command to give thanks even when cancer invades my body or dementia overtakes a
parent or when my candidate is defeated in the national election?
did not say, “…in most circumstances”
give thanks; instead, He commanded, “…in all circumstances” give thanks.
Obeying God’s command to give thanks is a choice He alone empowers us to make.
Even when I
am in pain and the world about me is in turmoil, even when our religious
liberty is threatened and infringed upon, I know that my Father has everything
in His control, even when I cannot perceive it. I know that He loves me
perfectly and that every situation and event in my life is filtered through Him
for my best. I can walk through troubles with quiet confidence in God’s
sovereignty and divine purpose for everything He allows. Every frustration,
every disappointment, every spiritual battle, and—yes, every joy in our lives—has
a purpose and is used by our Father to refine us, to produce within us godly
character, to draw us closer to Himself, and to fulfill His unique plan for our
“The Tapestry of My Life,” expresses these truths:
My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He works so steadily.
Oft times He weaves in sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper
And I, the underside.
Not ‘til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Will God unroll the tapestry,
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needed
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
Let us, therefore,
with joy, give thanks to our God and Father in all circumstances.
we, who call ourselves Christian, come to You today, humbling ourselves before Your holiness.
Where we have each personally sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, we
ask for Your forgiveness. Where we, as a nation, have dishonored You and
rejected what You value, forgive us. Cause the people of this great country,
especially those who are called by Your name, to turn from sin and seek Your
face. You call us, Lord, to give thanks in all circumstances. We choose to obey
You. Your purposes are good, and we know that You have control over all things.
Transform our anxiety into peace that passes all understanding. Your goal is to
accomplish what is best for us in our lives. You work for our eternal good, for
our eternal, sustaining joy. Thank You for the work You accomplished once and for all on the cross. Thank You
for being the Light shining in a dark and desperate world. Thank You, Father. In
Jesus’ name. Amen.