Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. The prompt this week is … Cancel.
Cancel – to make something void; to decide that an event, activity, or celebration will not take place.
So much of our activities, events, and celebrations have been cancelled this year. Even our Thanksgiving is going to look different. We will be following our state’s guidelines and so our gathering will be much smaller in person but remain equally as big in heart.
As I think on all that has been, and will yet be cancelled, a verse comes to mind:
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” (Habakkuk 3:17-18, NLT)
Even though celebrations have been cancelled, our turkey is much smaller, hugs won’t be shared, and the house won’t be as noisy, one thing cannot ever be cancelled – we can still choose to rejoice in the Lord!
We are not the first generation to face hard times, and we won’t be the last. But how we face them, the attitude we hold onto each day, is ours alone to choose.
- I give thanks for my husband, my best friend, who continues to work hard and take care of us all.
- I give thanks for my parents who continue to be examples of perseverance in all things.
- I give thanks for my children and grandchildren who love me and bring me joy.
- I give thanks for my Bible which is readily available to me every day and at all times.
- I give thanks for the Lord, who is ever present and encourages my soul.
Giving thanks has not been cancelled because it is the posture and attitude we make in our hearts.
May we choose to rejoice in the Lord!
May we be joyful in the God of our salvation!