I don’t want to go throughout the year, thinking of it as a hard, bad, grief-filled year (even if it is), and then look back and realize it was so much better than I thought, and I missed too much of it in the moment ’cause I was focused on the wrong things.
Hope doesn’t always look nice or perfect, doesn’t always make sense. It gets attacked and battered and poisoned. You may think it’s gone, dead, but then it twitches, shows up again.
We get ready to and do celebrate Jesus’ birthday.
But do we celebrate Jesus?
What are some things you’re thankful for?
Our attitudes and behaviors toward things affect our attitudes and behaviors toward people.
Sometimes thanksgiving and mourning go hand in hand.