For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, (39) neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
When Lazarus rose and walked from his tomb. When the leper’s sores fell away. When the blind man saw for the first time. Easy thanks.
When Jesus rode into town on the colt. When the crowds shouted “Hosanna!” When little ones placed their palm branches before him. Easy joy.
But praying in the garden, betrayed, arrested, on trial, in the shadow of the cross?
Depression is one of the best gifts God’s ever given me. It has worked together all kinds of good in me. It has nearly drowned me but also flooded me with dependence – for the next step, the next breath, the will to live. And I’m grateful.
Sometimes exhausted, frightened, doubting, and sobbing on the bathroom floor…but still grateful.
Sickness, loss, broken relationships, ends that won’t meet – hard thanks.
All good things are a gift from God. But how many “bad” things could be made good with gratitude?
Jesus broke the bread – his body – and gave thanks. He poured the wine – his blood – and gave thanks. Neither life nor death can separate us from our good and loving God. Give thanks.
• What good has God already made from my suffering and loss?
• What suffering and loss do I need God to make good from today?
God, we need you today.
We are broken. Make a good gift from these pieces.
We are poured out. Make a good gift from our emptiness.
We repent of self-pity and hopelessness. We choose gratitude instead.