Finding Grace in Thanksgiving

FINDING GRACE IN THANKSGIVING
So…strangely enough during Thanksgiving…being thankful for all things,
even the things you don’t like…keeps coming to me…
during my visit with my cousin in South Carolina…
she told me a story she heard about two sisters
who were in a concentration camp where they would pray
and speak of God , even though their barracks were infested with lice.
One night the discussion was that “God says we should be thankful for all things”. 
The other sister said, “I know it says that, I just can’t be thankful for the lice!”

Years later, after being released,
one of the sisters attented a ceremony for Holocaust survivors
where she approached a former guard.  As she spoke to him she said
 “you probably didn’t know we were speaking of God
and praying in our barracks late at night during that time…
we were always afraid you would discover us.” 
The old guard replied “we never wanted to go back there
because there was so much of a problem with the lice.”  –

This story has really blessed me ever since hearing it….
Now, during the time of Thanksgiving in this country,
I’m reading Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts“…
In Chapter one…it’s all about thanksgiving. 
There it is again, staring me in the face…

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So…strangely enough during Thanksgiving…being thankful for all things,
even the things you don’t like…keeps coming to me…
during my visit with my cousin in South Carolina…
she told me a story she heard about two sisters
who were in a concentration camp where they would pray
and speak of God , even though their barracks were infested with lice.
One night the discussion was that “God says we should be thankful for all things”. 
The other sister said, “I know it says that, I just can’t be thankful for the lice!”

Years later, after being released,
one of the sisters attented a ceremony for Holocaust survivors
where she approached a former guard.  As she spoke to him she said
 “you probably didn’t know we were speaking of God
and praying in our barracks late at night during that time…
we were always afraid you would discover us.” 
The old guard replied “we never wanted to go back there
because there was so much of a problem with the lice.”  –

This story has really blessed me ever since hearing it….
Now, during the time of Thanksgiving in this country,
I’m reading Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts“…
In Chapter one…it’s all about thanksgiving. 
There it is again, staring me in the face…
“The only real fall of man is his noneucharistic (ingrattitude)
life in a noneucharistic world!”
(a quote from alexander Schmemann in her book)

Wow! Powerful stuff

there it is, the reason why we all suffer..
because we are seldom thankful…
not for the blessings of our lives,
and certainly not for the “bumps” of our life.

It is the reason why we hurt others,
why we bring suffering to others and ourselves,
because we aren’t thankful for what God gives us.

We are all caught up in the engine of our society, greed.
“I will die if I just don’t get a new Ipad for Christmas.”
“I’m not happy about this,..I want that” ….never is our gluttony filled.
In fact, Ann Voskamp’s  revelation is that in being
thankful for the worst of times is in where our joy and salvation lie. 
In trusting God.
It all leads me to wonder, what would this world
be like if everyone
just stopped complaining…
what if we all just gave thanks for truly
all things and really meant it?
So…I thank God, for his great wisdom and power
for all the blessings of this world…for those
things I understand, and those things I do not…
for the wars, disease, distructions, for
the people that drive me crazy at times,
for the people that have hurt and betrayed me,
I choose to see all things as teachers and
opportunities to become the person you wish me to be.
I choose to thank God for all things
because I do not know the wisdom of your will.
I thank God for even the lice of my life.

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By: RC Reese

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