Jonathan Rockey

With the National Day of Thanksgiving approaching, conventional wisdom calls for everyone to be “thankful.” (‘Conventional wisdom,’ however, is not always wise!) People often make lists of blessings as a reminder to give thanks. I have led congregations to make lists during Thanksgiving worship services. Our family, at times, has gone around the Thanksgiving dinner table and shared reasons each has for thankfulness.

In truth, all of us have blessings in our lives which call for thankful hearts. Some of us do seem to have more blessings than others. But, it is easy to be thankful when we are considering the good times of life. Yet, God has a different standard. God’s direction is not to only “Give thanks when life goes well.” Please listen a couple of verses in which God calls His children to an unexpected heart of thankfulness.

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