Thanksgiving Countdown ChallengeT(hanksgiving) -3 Devotion

So Much Joy!

I recently asked people what caused them the most stress as they prepared for Thanksgiving. I laughed as one person told me what caused them the most stress was annoying relatives! It’s true what they say. You can’t pick your relatives. Sometimes it seems the Holidays bring out the worst, not the best in our families. Petty arguments and age old disagreements are brought out and hashed over again and again. Tensions rise and feelings are hurt. Unlike the people in the passage above, not everyone has joy when it comes to extended family.

Still, our families are part of our history. They define who we are whether we like it or not. Time to take a breath and give thanks to God for all those who make us crazy and for all those that bring us such joy in the presence of God. We might just find our attitude towards the difficult people in our life changes once we are able to honestly give thanks for them.

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