Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I was reminded of this passage this week during my quiet time. This is so easy to do when life is going smooth but so hard to remember when things are not going that wonderful. It is hard to ALWAYS rejoice . I am going to be honest - last week was a hard week and I am not sure I practiced this. I had a dear friend diagnosed with cancer. She is a mom, a wife, a friend and a daughter to many and I was not rejoicing. I was mad and hurt and had lots of "why’s?". That was not all. We had many other things last week not go our way - a broken dryer, van trouble, a tree fell at Terrace Street house. Seems to always come at one time.
This really put it into perspective for me how the families we serve must feel. Would I be rejoicing while homeless in a shelter with my family? Just really made me think about how my worst days do not compare to what they are experiencing. Also most of them have no family or friends to talk to or redirect them from that emotion.
With all that said there were some wonderful things that happened and this is always a reminder to me God is there. Sometimes we just become so blinded it is hard to see.
One of the wonderful things that always seems to happen is the generosity that amazes me within the Gainesville Community. When we have a need it is amazing how quickly that gets filled. The email last week that went out about Christmas sponsors for our families was filled immediately! We are still receiving calls from the groups and individuals that want to do Christmas! The Thanksgiving boxes, Christmas gifts and many Christmas dinners are currently covered.
From Family Promise we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! What a wonderful time to be so thankful and REJOICE for all we have!