Remembering these words has inspired me to put my focus on the gratitude of the season. And though Thanksgiving is traditionally a celebration modeled after a 1621 harvest feast, it is also a celebration of the blessings of the past year. Yes, the blessings of 2020!
Philippians 4:6 is the Thanksgiving of the season! This verse reminds us not to worry about anything (not even the heartaches of 2020!) Instead, we are to pray about everything and tell God what we need. Then we are to thank Him for all He has done. God knew about this year. He knew it would challenge us and maybe even try to break us, but in our heartache we can be thankful for God’s love and unwavering presence because the “then” of Philippians 4:7 (NIV) is the Christmas.
After we say ‘thank you’, then we will experience God’s peace! A peace beyond what we can understand. A peace that will guard our hearts and our minds! Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He is the miracle.
So, I’m not saying that the tree is coming down or that I’m turning my Pandora holiday station, but I am praying that God will open my eyes to the blessings of 2020. I am putting my hope in Thanksgiving because saying “thank you” for the blessings God’s provided is a good thing, and thanking God for something He has not yet done, but I believe He will do is a powerful act of faith that creates miracles.