Isaiah 61:1-3 tells us the Father sent Jesus to heal the brokenhearted, to set the captives free, to comfort those who mourn, to give us beauty for ashes, to give us joy in place of mourning, to clothe us with praise and remove the spirit of heaviness, to make us strong like a tree of righteousness…all that He may be glorified.
When Thanksgiving is Hard
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Happy won’t describe everyone’s Thanksgiving this year. Empty chairs at the table and broken hearts and lives will be the reality for many.
Life isn’t always as festive as a Thanksgiving Day Parade with family, fun and floats. Especially when you’re head-long in the middle of a painful place.
Perhaps this year you’ve lost a loved one. Maybe your mom, your dad, your spouse or even your child. Perhaps you’ve just received some sort of life-altering, heart-breaking news that has rocked your world and left you completely confused. Maybe you’ve gone through a divorce, lost your job, lost your home or lost your way.
I’m not sure what you may be going through, but I want you to know that amidst all the wonderful Happy Thanksgiving greetings, you are not forgotten. You are not alone in your sorrow. You are not left to figure this out by yourself.
God sees you. He hears the cry of your heart. He loves you with an everlasting love and nothing can separate you from that love.
For those who are grieving or who are suffering loss, loneliness, sickness or confusion – please let Jesus bring comfort to your heart.
We all walk through tragic circumstances and painful places. We all get depressed. And while it’s okay to go there, it’s equally tragic to stay there.
It may be too fresh now. Perhaps you’re still in the grips of grief. But my prayer for you today is that you will let our precious Savior heal your broken heart.
Healing doesn’t usually take place over night. Give yourself time to heal and let God peel back each layer of pain one day at a time. Soon you will be able to see through your circumstances and learn to laugh again.
So rest in the promise of His healing, sweet friend. He really does make beauty out of ashes!
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