What I’m Thankful For This Year

This year at Thanksgiving I am changing my tune, thanking God not for what He has done for me but for what he hasn’t done.  I can recount a number of occasions in the last 11 months when I made a prayerful request and He answered… in the form of denial.  Or there were occasions when I have taken an action and He restrained me, not allowing me to go any further.  These realities have been painful in the moment but, in retrospect, beneficial to my personal and spiritual growth.  Whenever God says “no,” I have been forced to realize (and to accept) that it was for my good.  His plan for my life is far more complex and grandiose than I can see in the present.  To say “yes” would be to cheat me; He has something better in mind.

I am thankful for what God has done for me.  Under those circumstances I experience His blessing.

I am also thankful for what God hasn’t done for me.  Under those circumstances I experience His grace.