Thankful Thursday – Post 18
This Thursday … it seems almost trite to be thankful for when there is so much suffering in Japan. The numbers as of today … over 5,000 people have died and almost 10,000 still missing. Seeing those numbers made me curious what Haiti’s totals were. I quit breathing for a second when I saw the estimates … 100,000 t0 300,000 have died.
How do I wrap my brain around numbers that big? And how can I be thankful when so many others, in both Japan and Haiti, are dealing with tremendous loss?.
That’s a tension I have to live with. The tensions in life are many and are varied. The water in the above glass can save a life … but as we saw, large quantities of forceful water can take many lives and wreck havoc on everything in its path.
The tensions of life …
Which includes finding things to be thankful for … inspite of tough circumstances affecting us or others. Not in a ‘pat answer’ kind of way. Not out of denial or in a calloused way that would dishonor the pain others are feeling.
But in a way that honors both the people in pain and the tensions in life. Being thankful is a choice I have and it has been shown in ancient writings and in current research that choosing to be thankful has many benefits.
I am thankful for:
Whether circumstances in the world or in your own life are weighing you down … are you still able to find something to be thankful for?