Thanksgiving 2020 could easily go down as the worst we can remember. With many places closed and family gatherings restricted it may seem like the most difficult ever. Added to this there is the uncertainty of the election result still hanging in the balances, so for many people it will be hard to be thankful for anything. Yet that is precisely what we need to be to keep going in these tough times.
Thanksgiving 2020 could just as well be cancelled in the minds of many, but let’s not think like that. Let’s consider all we’re grateful to God for. When we express our thanks to Him something inside us changes. The things we are disappointed about, frustrated with or afraid of seem to shift. When we Thank Him, we acknowledge His Lordship over our lives and joy and peace return.
In Psalm 100:4-5 we read: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.“
Thanksgiving is what clears the way for us to be in God’s presence, it takes our mind off the negative things we have to bear, shifts us away from a negative, critical disposition and resets our attitude. This opens us up to experience God’s goodness and remind ourselves of His unfailing, never-ending love and the eternal purpose He has for our lives.
If you have been affected by Covid-19 restrictions, Lockdown etc and can’t be with your family, we all feel your frustration. Perhaps you have lost a loved one through the pandemic or due to some other reason and you’re battling the thought of having to celebrate the holidays without them. In such situations many blame God for their loss.
Or perhaps you are deeply disappointed about the Election result and are anxious about the future of the nation. We all know that there is much at stake. President Trump has held back dark forces for so long and bravely stood up for the sanctity of life. He has been a friend to Israel and upheld our religious liberties. So it’s worrying to think that could all be changing with a new administration.
Let’s not blame God for our losses but press in to Him like never before. If you are feeling bereaved, you may be comforted by reading Keys To Surviving The Holidays While Grieving. If you are concerned about the election, remember it is not over yet. God may very well come through for President Trump and give America more time as he continues to hold back the darkness. This is our earnest prayer. Pray for any voter fraud to be exposed and for an honest final election result.
Happy Thanksgiving 2020. Let’s be thankful for this nation, for all our President has accomplished in the past four years, for our families and all God has blessed us with. Mostly let’s thank God for His great and precious promises to us, and put our faith and trust in Him, no matter what. It is in Him alone that we can be victorious. As 2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”