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Today's Devotion

Giving Thanks When Life Stinks

And when the hour came, he (Jesus) reclined at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks…and he took bread, and when he had given thanks."  Luke 22:14-17a, 19a ESV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Wringing my hands, I tried to calm my fluttering stomach while my mother and I waited in the hard-cushioned chairs.

Sounds of squeaking shoes and a crying child echoed from the hall into our small room. Opening the door, the neurologist greeted us and washed his hands. He asked a few questions and examined my mom. His next sentence took our breath away: “You have Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” 

Mom and I ducked into a private room and hugged as tears streamed down our faces. Thoughts swirled in my mind, and worry seized my heart. ALS is terminal. Why God? Why my mom? How can this be Your will?

On the night of His betrayal, Jesus gave thanks. He knew Judas would betray him, but Jesus requested a Passover meal with him and the other disciples anyway. Jesus knew His suffering was imminent, yet He expressed gratitude to God—two times.

By focusing on His heavenly Father and the promise of the future reward, Jesus chose joy and endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2). He realized suffering was temporary, but God’s promises were eternal.

My mom passed away one year later. Even though the pain still hurts and I miss her, I’m thankful for the promise of eternal life with our heavenly Father.

When trials come or when you receive earth-shattering news, follow Jesus’s example. Give thanks and focus on your heavenly Father. Ask God to center your eyes on Him, not your circumstances.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Heidi Smith

Heidi Smith is wife to Jeff, mom to four blessings, and an Iowan friend to many. Sharing God’s Word with others is her passion, but a series of events quenched her desire for a while.  During this time of doubt and despair, God faithfully carried her. Her renewed trust ushered in hope, and she started blogging to encourage others at Rooted and Rejoicing. You can follow her at www.heidijsmith.com.




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