This week I have heard reports of thanksgiving when things have gone wrong.
~ A wife and a daughter who lost their husband/father to a heart attack giving comfort and living at peace with this hard providence…
~ A marriage splitting apart and one member growing closer to the Lord through this tearing…
~ A newborn baby discovered to be deaf – the mother thankful for sign language…
~ A woman in Zimbabwe who sees hope, and is thankful for the unexplainable provision of necessities…
But isn’t the key to being thankful when things go wrong building the habit of being thankful for the thousand things that go well?
Here is another quote from the best book I’ve read in 2008: Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry.
You mustn’t want to be somebody else.
What you must do is this:
Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks.”
I am not all the way capable of so much,
but those are the right instructions.”