Thankful Memories

Psalm 97:12 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, And give thanks [a]at the remembrance of [b]His holy name.

As we enter into another Thanksgiving season, sadly many have to be reminded to be thankful. I get it though. There are very few people that I have met who are just thankful every single day of their lives. Life happens to all of us and some of it is just not pretty by any stretch of the imagination. When the unexpected, unimaginable, painful thing shows up in our lives it is quite easy for us to shift all of our attention to the ugly and totally forget about being thankful.

The other day I was having a conversation with a young lady who is going through a lot right now. This year has been particularly hard on her health-wise. The issues that she is facing with her health makes being the kind of wife and mother that she desires to be very challenging.

As she was talking to me with much frustration, I could tell that she felt bad for venting her current reality. Her entire household are faith-filled believers in Jesus Christ, which in some ways seemed to add confusion to her crisis. "We are doing everything that we know to do right, but I feel like we are just cursed," she admitted to me.

Conversations like this one can really leave you without answers when you completely understand why the person would feel that way. I wasn't sure what to say in that moment but Holy Spirit had the answer. You see, while focusing on her present pain both of us had totally forgotten to remember a past victory.