IN everything give thanks…even skiing accidents

img_4316I first ran this devotion 3 years ago (March 26, 2010) when our son Jacob broke his wrist snowboarding.  Now I share this for Kevin who broke his wrist skiing last week.   I’m thankful for the happy smile that comes with the cast :-).

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (NKJV)

“Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

I’ve been working on this verse a great deal this past year, praying thoughout the day.  When God brings someone to mind, I pray for that person.  But the “thanks” part can be a challenge.  I like how it says “IN” everything give thanks not “FOR” everything.

Last week our son was skiing and had a bad accident.  I don’t need to be thankful FOR his accident.  But I can be thankful even IN this situation for so many blessings…

Thank You, Jesus, that my son is alive.
Thank You, Jesus, for no neck injury.
Thank You, Jesus, for the kindness of the ski patrol first aid.
Thank You, Jesus, that we were there with him to take him to the hospital.
Thank You, Jesus, for helping Kevin through the pain on the way to the hospital.
Thank You, Jesus, for the doctors and nurses who took care of Kevin there.
Thank You, Jesus, for only a broken wrist and some bruises, it could have been so much worse.
Thank You, Jesus, for all the prayers of friends that You heard and continue to hear.
Thank You, my Jesus.

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Are you having a challenging circumstance today?  You don’t have to be thankful FOR the trial, but you can be thankful IN it.  What are you thankful for, even in your troubles?  Tell Jesus during your TEA CUPP Prayers today.

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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