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Thanksgiving and Pain

Thanksgiving and Pain


Stephanie Hogan

In the season of Thanksgiving, what do we do with all the grief, hurt, pain, loss, and regrets that we carry? In my recent prayers about this, Jesus whispered, “Give those to me as well.”
 
“Really?,” I prayed. “You want my hurts as well as my thanks?” Immediately, I was reminded of the familiar verse from 1 Peter 5:7, “casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully” (AMP).
 
This invitation was such a relief. I do not have to pretend the pain isn’t there, but I can be thankful and surrender the pain to Jesus. It doesn’t have to be one or the other, it can be both!
 
In the offering of both my thanks and my pain, I’m finding being thankful is becoming a doorway to enter His presence. He lifts my head above my circumstances to see Him –
The one who has come to bring good news to the humble and afflicted,
The one who binds up the wounds of the brokenhearted,
The one who proclaims release from confinement and condemnation to the [physical and spiritual] captives and freedom to prisoners.
The one who proclaims the favorable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance and retribution of our God,
The one who comforts all who mourn and who grants them a crown of beauty instead of ashes and the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a disheartened spirit.
 
Then, his people will be called “the trees of righteousness [strong and magnificent, distinguished for integrity, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1b-3, AMP)
 
This is what Jesus can do. This is what He is doing in me. For this, and for Him, I am so very thankful!