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FIRST-PERSON: Give thanks? In everything?

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Lucinda Clark is editor of BP en Español. She teaches Spanish and is head of the language department at The Baptist Preparatory School in Little Rock, Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) – Soon we will celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. But what should we give thanks for? It’s 2020!

Give thanks? In everything? Even in…

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COVID-19? The loss of a relative or friend? Not being able to have funerals or burials? Not being able to visit my loved one in the nursing home or hospital? Loneliness? The loss of sports? The loss of graduations and senior years and the “normal” college experience? Loss of jobs? The loss of attending church and fellowshipping with other believers? Having to wear a mask? Having to stay home? Not being able to find toilet paper and other necessities? The political unrest? Possibly not being able to spend the holidays with family and friends? And the list goes on …

The Word of God says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “…in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” Furthermore…verses 16 and 18 say, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing.” These are some tough commands to fulfill in 2020! In everything? It is your will?

I want God’s will for my life! So personally, thank you God

And the list goes on ….

Be thankful? In everything? Yes, I can be and will be because this is the will of God for me in Christ Jesus.