Gratefulness and Hope in the Midst of Chaos

I have had a couple of hard months…well let me be honest. I’ve had a couple of hard years. A lot of plans that never panned out, failed relationships, financial trials and most of all emotional and spiritual struggles. This week while conversing with a friend, he asked me why I have so much faith that things will get any better, “Why are you so hopeful?” he asked. I was caught of guard and for a second I didn’t know how to answer. I have to admit I felt defensive and slightly hurt, as if I was being ridiculed or made to feel gullible. My response was a weak, “I don’t know. I just am”.

I have been reflecting on this all week and I’ve come to the following conclusion. I am hopeful because I am grateful. Though many things have not gone as desired in my past, there has been so much that has gone perfectly and incredibly well, mostly those things that where never in my plan, but perhaps, in someone else’s. During times where I could have been on the streets, I was provided shelter, when unemployed, I had food and clothing to keep my family clothed and fed. We often try to forget our past, but it it so essential to our present and our future. When we reflect on our past, we have no choice but to be grateful for our present, and excited for our future.

Today my daughter said her bedtime prayer. In it she said, “Thank you God for the things you have given us and because you always take care of us, oh and thank you for the awesome day I am going to have tomorrow”. I felt such an immense joy.

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

What are you grateful for? What brings you hope?

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