DayBreaks for 12/12/12 – Turning Thankless
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) – Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
News of the Weird recently told about a devoted Catholic named David Jimenez. It seems that Jimenez, a 45 year old from Newburgh, NY, was praying regularly to a large crucifix outside the Church of St. Patrick after becoming convinced it was responsible for eradicating his wife’s ovarian cancer. Jimenz requested, and got permission from the church authorities to dress up the structure as he believed its power deserved. So far, so good.
Then, while cleaning the crucifix in May 2010, the 600-lb. object came loose and fell on Jimenez’s leg, which subsequently had to be amputated. Nearly overnight, the crucifix, in Jimenez’ mind at least, went from being an object of worship to grounds for a lawsuit that will go to trial in January 2013. [WCBS-TV (New York), 10-26-2012] [Associated Press via Newsday, 11-7-2012]
I confess that I am quick to judge upon hearing stories like this. I wonder how someone could go so quickly from being thankful and worshipful to being vindictive and angry. We have a tremendous capacity to move from thankfulness to ungracious hostility. Israel did it as soon as they left the slave whips behind in Egypt. I’ve done it more quickly than that.
We’ve just come through the Thanksgiving holiday. Hopefully, you felt and expressed your appreciation and thanks that day to Almighty God. But here’s the question: how have you been doing since then? Has the joyful thanksgiving continued, or has it turned into bitterness as you face the celebration of the birth of His Son and you see all the things you wish you could have or could give to someone you love – but you can’t do it?
I hope that as we move deeper and deeper into this season of joy, that our joy will turn into thanksgiving for what we DO have, and not into bitterness for our situation or for what we don’t have.
PRAYER: Let our hearts and spirits continually pour out songs of thanksgiving in all things, for You are good!!!! In Your name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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