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Giving God thanks for all things requires a great deal of faith and trust in God. It is easy to thank God when things are going well: when you have money in the bank, good health, and strong family. Alternately, when things are not going so well, and you live from paycheck to paycheck and life is bleak, it is hard to give thanks. Yet, we are called to give thanks both for the good and for the bad. I thank Him for the things that are good, but I am still working on thanking Him during the “not so good” times. Our scriptural lesson is  I Thessalonians 5:18:

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Paul makes an appeal to rejoice always and to pray without ceasing, giving God thanks for all things.  He speaks from his experience. Even in his sufferings, he knew it was God’s will. Paul acknowledged God’s goodness rather than complain. Underline that word everything. Prayerfully, you are able to thank God today for everything. It may not come easy, but keep on working at it. You will be able to reflect over your life and see that some of the things that caused you sleepless nights, actually drew you closer to God. I conclude with verse 21: “Hold fast for that, which is good.”