To choose thankfulness in a time of trial, disappointment, or sadness, is an act of praise. It is so easy to give into the negative and wallow in disappointment and frustration. To choose gratitude, and therefore joy, is to rise above the terra firma where, for this little while, the Prince of Darkness reigns to walk in joy with the Prince of Peace.
You know my frame and remember that I am dust. Today, I choose your strength to take the place of my weakness. By your power, I will choose to be thankful no matter my circumstances. As the hymn from my childhood declares, ‘I need you every hour.’
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1Thess. 5:16-18