In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18 World English Bible)
In the darkness, an eagle squealed. A turkey bellowed. A blush of pink predicted a glorious sunrise.
But as light crept behind the trees, haze blurred the lake. The odor of smoke filled the air. My hope for a gorgeous display disappeared into a gray mist.
Clouds blotted the sun. Muted flowers had no luster. But even in my disappointment, I knew God was there.
A bird sang a special melody. Healthy trees stood tall. A lizard scrambled up an oak tree. Dew dotted flowers gathered near my patio.
It is often easier to be grateful on sun-drenched days. But even during subdued, downcast times, ponder and be thankful especially for the small, often overlooked gifts.
Heavenly Father, help me be thankful for all of my blessings during easy times and also hard ones. Amen