“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-24.
I’ll be honest with you, it has been a difficult year for me. I could fill a jar with the salt from tears of laughter and of weeping. Perhaps you have faced troubles and sadness this year as well. Although we are approaching the time of year when we celebrate all that we are thankful for, I find that it can be difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude through pain and heartache.
But, as I read today’s scripture, I was struck by this powerful testimony—on the night he was betrayed, Jesus gave thanks. Jesus knew what he was about to face, the betrayal, the abandonment, torture, shame, ridicule, and even death on the cross. How did he respond? He gave thanks and he instructed us to do the same.
It’s hard to fathom that the King of Kings gave his life for us and in the hours leading up to his crucifixion, he was grateful. What a revelation for me and for all who know and love our Savior. Can we find thanksgiving in all things, even those things that hurt us the most?
My dear sisters, as we walk through this life with Christ, do this in remembrance of him and carry the theme of thanksgiving with you every day of the year—for all that he provides, including the trials. As you celebrate with your families, follow the lead of Jesus, give thanks, and break the bread.
If you have had a difficult year and are struggling with having a heart of gratitude, focus on the blessings and all that he has provided, knowing that Jesus understands what it means to suffer and still give thanks in all things.
With Thankfulness for All of You,
Susie and the Help Club for Moms Team