I hope you have just experienced a wonderful Thanksgiving. We all have so much for which to be thankful. Our family certainly has a lot for which to be grateful.

But life, circumstances, and people can give us pause and lead us toward a path of discouragement, grief, and despair. Certainly, this year has been like no other. We all have felt so vulnerable, sense a deep longing for fellowship and have a desire to see this health crisis, racial division, political upheaval, and economic uncertainty go away. Jesus and His word give us our certainty, our hope, our joy, and our salvation. 

Allow God’s Word, His Spirit, and the joy of His presence to overflow in us through the following verses. Draw strength, courage, perspective; Experience His love, grace, peace, and cultivate a heart of gratefulness as you enter this Christmas season. 

Psalm 27:13,14 “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

Psalm 100:4 “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.”

Psalm 98:3,4 “He has remembered His loving kindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.”

Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.”

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

II Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

Philippians 4:6,7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be make known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Revelation 21:5 “And He who was seated on the throng said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”

Let’s be an encourager and an overcomer. Let’s be more gracious and grateful. Walk with Jesus and me along this journey. He has paved the way!