When you’re not sure how to be thankful this Thanksgiving


Lord, I don’t know how to be thankful.

I try, I look for ways to praise You.

But everything is so challenging, so exhausting.

I’m stretched thin, and weary.

The kids, the house, the finances, everything.

Family, friends --

Lord, it seems like everywhere there’s hardship.

There’s something that stresses me out.

What can I praise You for?

You say to rejoice always, pray without ceasing,

In everything give thanks*;

For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for me.

And I know, Lord, that thanksgiving isn’t a feeling.

It can be, but I can praise You even when I don’t feel it.

It’s a mandate, even, to give thanks.

You deserve it.

I will thank You, Lord.

Help me to feel it, but give me right perspective.

Give me eyes to see how You work for my good,

How You really are in the midst of it all.

Increase my trust in You,

Help me to thank You.

I thank You for another day,

And for the children under this roof.

Thank You for supplying our every need.

Thank You, Lord,

That there’s always something to praise You for.


*1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Written by Amy Parsons.