Every year in November, I like to reflect on the blessings I’ve encountered. It’s perhaps the month where I consistently focus on the moments of hardship and happiness the year has brought. Although past years involved sporadic and difficult moments, this year has thrown us every challenging curve imaginable.
As a country, we’ve encountered our share of hardships and tragedies. We’re experiencing Covid-19—a virus that’s taken the lives of many and threatens civilization as we know it. Most states have gone under lockdown where riots erupt, masks are mandated, and supplies are scarce. As a nation, we’ve experienced a great deal. I would be lying—between viruses, riots, and politics—if I said this year hadn’t made me a bit anxious. However, it seems even more appropriate that we look for positivity and blessings. Below are a few things I’m incredibly thankful for this year:
- Health—With Covid-19 spreading, it would be an understatement to say that I’m beyond thankful for staying safe and healthy. God has blessed my family with good health, and I’m grateful for no severe illnesses.
- Kind Strangers—Despite the chaos in our nation, there are still kind people who are stepping forward to help others. I’ve seen many social media posts involving stories of those lending a hand to those less fortunate. Kindness is something our world desperately needs, and it inspires me to see strangers helping one another. I’ve even received thoughtful gestures from strangers; such kindness goes a long way and creates a ripple effect. If you see a need, spread sunshine and hope to those who might be struggling.
- Warm Shelter—This year, many people have lost their homes due to fewer jobs during Covid. I’m so grateful for a warm place to sleep and a roof over my head. It breaks my heart to see homeless people living on the street, and I often forget how blessed I am to still have my home and a secure job.
As Autumn comes to a close, I challenge you to reflect on the positive moments you’ve encountered; look for the blessings around you, and give thanks. With all the challenges, focus on the good and look for ways to help others throughout this difficult year. You never know who God will bless through your actions and kindness.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV).
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Madeleine Lowe writes from Indianapolis.© 2002 - 2023, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.