For what reason do we feel thankful? How do we give thanks? Is life so tough that giving thanks is out of the question? To whom do we give thanks? All that we have is from our gracious all providing God and Savior, for which reason I wrote this Point.
The burial of their brother was the day before. Having arrived after the funeral, the sister went to see the gravesite. As she went her car was struck by a train and she was killed. Tragedy heaped upon loss wounds the heart deeply. At the funeral, however, in stead of focusing on the great loss, there was a prayer of thanksgiving for God's grace that led them both to know Jesus Christ as their Savior, that heaven was their home, and that they were with God in glory.
The loss of loved ones still hurts. We all grieve because the wounds are deep. But there is a deeper healing as the balm of Christ's love gives healing. Our grieving over losses doesn't obstruct Christ's victory over death.
In spite of disappointments and great sorrow, we have good reason to "come before him with thanksgiving." The day is not far off when all believers in Jesus will be with him in glory.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
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