How in the World can we be Thankful??

Sometimes the chaos of the world will blur our vision with despair, worry and fear. Where can we go to find the Truth? Where can we find peace amid this chaotic world? How can we truly have Hope that prevails?

The reality in this world is many are without hope. As a result of the COVID-19 virus, Suicide rates in Michigan rose 33%, Life Hurts. These stats are only those being reported. What would drive someone to take his or her life? Thousands of those left behind agonize over this question when a loved one chooses to exit the world this way. Something in their hearts and minds had to hurt so badly they thought there was no way out. Or maybe it was a moment of desperation?

The victims of COVID19 is far reaching and is NOT just those who get the virus. People have lost their jobs, security, homes and some as mentioned above, take their own lives. For safety reasons some of our elderly are isolated from loved ones and some will even die alone. Masks and the six feet rule of social distancing may be necessary, but it takes a big toll on relationships. Science backs up the facts that we need human touch. We need to have connections with others. We are by nature and creation a social being.

May we never forget those who work in the health fields. Doctors, nurses, techs, and many others who take care of us are on the front lines taking the risk to help us. They are making a sacrifice of long hours, not only risking their wellbeing but their immediate family when they go home from work. God bless them one and all. Where is their protection and peace of mind as they care for us?

Then we have people who fight over toilet paper. And those who fight someone who has a mask on – or does not have one on! It depends on who gets bent out of shape the most. We fight simply because someone does not agree [James 4:1]. Each person is convinced s/he is right! How can we find and have peace if everyone thinks differently, but everybody is right in their own eyes? That is their personal perception but is it actuality?

Many have their Hope in a COVID19 vaccine! Some want to shut down America for another 5 or 6 months! Will it work? No one knows for sure. We cannot even agree on who won the election because there is so much fraud and deceit in the political system. So where is there HOPE we can count on?

Major Pain points

As if the world’s problems were not enough, we have our own personal physical problems. My “problem list” has 26 issues on the list. To name a few, I have Multiple Sclerosis, blind left eye, osteoporosis, and the most recent add on is Rheumatoid Arthritis which hit me this year It slammed me with more pain. I am not alone. Thousands wake up each day with their own personal battle. It could be RA, MS, ALS, Cancer or a hundred other diseases. Where is the hope when the disease is progressive, unpredictable, and incurable?

 How in the world can we be thankful? I have many reasons to be thankful! But this article’s focus is the greatest reason we should be thankful! There are millions of books in the world. You would think humankind would have THE Answer to the problems in the world by now. Many think the answer is in a global reset, the one world order and the COVID19 vaccine. There are many theories.

The Truth is the Answer for our world is not a theory nor or a Religion. It is a Relationship. We have the great privilege to choose to be in a relationship with the One Who created the world! We need to repent of our sin (all have sinned and fall short; Romans 3:23) and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. At that moment, our heart is transformed anew! My prayer is the Holy Spirit will woo you into a real relationship with God our Father by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior if you have not done so. It is the best and most important decision you will ever make.

We serve the GOD of Hope. We need to remember His plan for this world has nothing to do with having our best life now, at least NOT the way the world thinks of it. Our best life is now is in knowing the God of Hope. Amid the political chaos we can have peace.  When we accept Jesus, the Holy Spirit indwells us. He is the Comforter and gives us peace that passes all understanding [Philippians 4:7].

Throughout history our Nation has been through many, many storms, and wars. Never does the horizon of this world seem so dark and bleak. Yet we have reason to be thankful. Not thankful for the circumstances but thankful we can know the One Who will see us through. He promises never to leave or forsake us. He is my King. I know He keeps His promises.  He loves me. He loves you. We have the reason to give thanks to God…everyday!

How in the world can we be thankful? Jesus is always the reason to be thankful.

John 3:16-17

King James Version

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The Bible: The Truth that sets us free.


Why we need a Savior

Romans 3:10  As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;

Romans 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved

The Value of YOU

Many people think Christmas is about Santa and pretty lighted trees and getting gifts.  Most people think Christmas is about giving to others. One Person gave His All as Christmas is really about  the value of YOU.

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We live in a world that no longer values human life. It grieves my heart. How many precious souls with potentials as great doctors, leaders, researchers for medical cures and valued human lives are murdered?  – 

Many countries and even in some states in America now allow people the right to die. Canada recently joined up giving those who are sick and even those who don’t want to go on living the right to end their life.  Canadians have right to doctor-assisted suicide

Back in the 1980’s a guy by the name of Jack Kevorkian -aka Dr. Death or Jack the Dripper, “helped” 130 people die. Yes, these people were suffering and many had Multiple Sclerosis. I am not belittling suffering. I experience it on a daily basis.  So what is missing in the world today where we causally allow the killing of humans beings without regard to the Great Creator and His plans for these precious lives? If we simply acknowledge the LORD and His purposes for our lives rather than dwell on life from the secular view point perhaps we wouldn’t be hasty to take the gift of life God has given us and take it without regard or fear/respect for our Creator or His plans for us. Regardless, how we think our lives should be; ultimately God has a good plan for our life, one with a future and a hope. We have lost the fear of Almighty God when we don’t value life He has given us or the lives of others.

Multiple Sclerosis along with many other physical challenges remind me every day that I must choose life. Choosing life means purposely living the best day possible. Yes, I am in chronic pain that limits me. I have been paralyzed and blind and didn’t think I would see the age of 30 as the disease progressed quickly early on.  It was when M.S. hit me in my early 20’s I knew I had to find Hope. I found my Prevailing Hope in Jesus Christ.  I came to the point that I knew even IF things got real bad and I was bedridden and could only open my eyes and smile; I would do that for the glory of God. The Word of God gives us a choice and it is this verse in Deut. 30:19  that became real to me:

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life

Besides the many examples in the Bible of those who went through difficult struggles, some to the point of death; I have been inspired by many who live today who face insurmountable odds yet choose life and live for the glory of God purposely with passion.  No life is not easy for them but they recognize life as being the gift it is from our Great Creator. He is the Potter and we are the clay. The following are just a few who have inspired and touched my life by their lives.

Choosing life is no matter how hard life gets is the choice I will make. It is always easy? NO. But God gives us the grace we need as we seek Him. He has put great value on not just my life, but yours. YOU (we) are ultimately the reason Christ came to this earth. He came to redeem us from our sin (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God) as we needed a Savior.  God made The Way, gave us The Answer and gave us The Life all bundled up in a manger. His Name is Jesus.

For God So Loved the World (YOU)

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

The bottom line is no matter what you face, no matter the trials, no matter the deep hurts or daily chronic pain you may experience your life has great worth and value. So much that God gives YOU the choice of choosing life  everlasting or refusing it. The Word of God even tells us it is His will that we choose life…but He will allow us to choose death.  Dear One, keep in mind the wages of sin is death and it is not simply not existing anymore, it is a place of torment.  I urge you to make the choice for ( Christ) – Life during this Christmas season when God gave His Son as evidence of His great love and value for YOU.

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And Merry Christmas to YOU and those you love!

Christ is The Way. He is The Prevailing Hope we have. Jesus

Christ Jesus is The Only Way.
He is The Prevailing Hope we have.