Be thankful in ALL things, God tells us. Not just the good things, the pretty things, the smiling things, the wished-for things.
Be thankful in ALL things. All Things. Even the hard things, the grotesque things, the things never-wanted, the things of death and grief and pain and sorrow that make you wonder if you can stand to live another day.
How to be thankful like that? Is it really possible for a mortal to be thankful in all things?
The Bible doesn’t tell us to be thankful FOR all things. But He absolutely tells us to be thankful IN all things.
So then, this. This collage of life … of laughter and thorns, of growth and graves, of wonder and wheelchairs. And IN all of it, our thanksgiving… Not for it, but in it.
This is us, making a quilt of all things. For God is always good, always worthy of praise, and always, always He is our God.
” … in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Thanksgiving — giving thanks in everything — prepares the way that God might show us His fullest salvation in Christ.” ~ Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts