Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thankful for a Broken Heart
Like most people, I took some time this week in honor of Thanksgiving Day to thank God for the countless blessings in my life. Many of these things I am sure appear on your own list – friends, family, shelter, food, job, and health. Others may seem strangely out of place and those are the ones I share with you today.
I am also grateful for the challenges we have faced together since I’ve given my life and my heart to Jesus. No one looks forward to hardship and pain, but adversity is the way we learn and grow. I’m thankful that he allowed me to endure the pain of a second divorce so that I could learn to lean on his strength and rely on his perfect will in my everyday life. I’m thankful for the pain-filled years of therapy that helped me to discover this Godly woman that the Lord is, even now, still cultivating in me. I’m thankful that when I look back at all the abuse, and loss, and the painful moments when I felt alone and abandoned, I can see that he was right there beside me crying with me, holding my broken heart together in his hands.
Lincoln realized that God had brought good out of the devastations of war and was hopeful that we would not neglect offering our humble thanksgiving to our Father in Heaven for the blessings that arose out of that painful experience. Likewise, the challenges I’ve faced in my life have given me the opportunity to look to and lean on God’s grace and power. They’ve forced me to learn and grow in his Spirit and I am stronger for it.
What hardships has God blessed your life with?
About the pictures:
Parkwood Presbyterian Church, Allison Park, PA (July 09)
Posted by Maureen Profeta