The week the grand jury here in St. Louis decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.
The week businesses and cop cars burned in Ferguson.
The week protests spread from coast to coast and beyond, in the aftermath of the decision.
The week social media erupted with vitriol and spotlighted indifference—within the body of Christ.
It’s no coincidence because God is sovereign, in all things. He gave us a day to pause. To lift our gaze above suspicion and accusation. To settle—maybe even check—our hearts. To remember that we are not all-wise or all-knowing, and would do well to humble ourselves . . . and our opinions. To reflect, seek, pray.
We’ve been given a special day to give thanks. For hope and peace in the midst of a troubled world. For certainty in a sea of chaos. For the gift of power, love, and a sound mind instead of fear. For eyes that see beyond, ears that hear within, and love that holds us close. For the promise that God is faithful, and righteous, and true, and just, and always . . . always . . . sovereign.
There’s no end to the list of reasons to give thanks. And yet, there’s one that says it all . . .
May He fill our gazes, saturate our hearts, uplift our thoughts, and renew our spirits.
“I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever.” Psalm 86:12
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
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