And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” -‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭(NLT)

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT)

It’s the day after Thanksgiving Day here in the United States, a day where families come together to commemorate the autumn feast held in 1621, but also to give thanks for every blessing in our lives.

My last post was about the journey we take to God’s glory, much as the pilgrims did who left religious persecution to start anew in the New World. And like them, after the Thanksgiving celebration, the journey continues.

And just like with the pilgrims and Native Americans, it most certainly wasn’t all good times in our lives. But just as those times were, right up to our lives today, God uses all things–even those meant for evil–for good, to His glory: Witness Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 50:20).

Our journey is sometimes smooth, and sometimes unimaginably rough. And how we traverse the path can be with an attitude of gratitude. We can give thanks to God in all times, and even in the toughest of seasons and valleys in our journeys through this world.

Thank you, Lord, for this journey…every leg of it. We know that even the toughest legs of the journey can be used to your glory as you strengthen us far more than we ever could on our own. We thank you for the perspective we may not be able to appreciate till we look back at how far you’ve taken us, and how high you’ve taken us: closer to you.

Today’s soundtrack

Building 429’s “Where I Belong” reminds us that we’re not home, but on our way there.

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