Give Thanks Past Thanksgiving...

by Grow Team December 02, 2016

Give Thanks Past Thanksgiving...


The Bible is full of deep soul-aching need, story after story of desperate people seeking help, seeking answers. From the beginning of human history in the Garden of Eden, need has borne down heavy and carved canyons into our tender souls.

We are gaping empty.

We are made to be filled.

And our Creator knows this. He stands ready to pour us full of His gifts, His grace, Himself.

But the thing is, before we can receive what He has for us, we have to look at those places in ourselves that are yawning cavernous, void of fulfillment and meaning. We have to stop distracting ourselves, stop numbing the feelings of desperation, stop trying to be okay, and admit our need.

Until we see our own emptiness, we can’t see how God can fill us. We can’t truly know gratitude for what we are given until we have felt the impact of being without.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew5:3 (NIV)

The poor in spirit. Those who know they have nothing to bring to the table, who feel the ache of the roads they’ve run down looking for anything to keep the walls from caving in. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

We can do nothing to earn the kingdom of heaven – all the blessings God has for us and all the fullness of Himself.

All we can do is wait with all our aching and empty places exposed, and let Him fill us with His grace; a rushing, laughing, glittering torrent of His goodness that brims up and over the edges of our soul-wounds and onto everyone around.

And, oh the gratitude of the one who has known cold, dead emptiness and is now stretched with seam-bursting life…

This, friends, is the beginning of true thankfulness.


Grow Team
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