For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.
1 Timothy 4:4 NIV
In two days many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and friends, but for some there is no Thanksgiving. While we get together and eat out fill of scrumptious goodies, many will go hungry.
My message today is about finding hope in the middle of despair. I had almost forgot the true meaning of Thanksgiving until the Lord brought a tiny furball into my life.
My daughter and grandson found a kitten and brought her home. We already have a puppy and two parakeets, we didn't need another mouth to feed.
My husband I contemplated what we should do. We knew we couldn't take care of this little furball. We barely make ends meet.
Since it was the weekend we couldn't take her any place, so she stayed and the Lord placed the spirit of Thanksgiving on my husband's heart.
Today is day two of the little furball who came for a visit and melted our hearts.
Thanksgiving isn't about how much food we eat, how good the food is or how we can outdo our family's every year. Thanksgiving is about "giving". It's about finding hope in the middle of despair.
When you sit down at the dinner table with your family, what will you be thankful for? Who will you give thanks to?
Will you remember the homeless person under the bridge whose only meal might be turkey and the trimmings?
Will you find hope in the middle if despair?
Whether your hope comes in the form of an abandoned kitten or a phone call from a loved one, remember there is hope in the middle of despair.