Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanking God When it's Difficult

One of the most difficult times to give thanks is when things are hard. Sorrowful and painful circumstances can steal our joy in the Lord and our response can be one of anger and bitterness instead of thanksgiving. But look at what Hudson Taylor, missionary to China, said in response to his wife’s death:

“What shall I say of the Lord’s dealings with me and mine? I know not! My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude and praise. My eyes flow with tears of mingled joy and sorrow. When I think of my loss, my heart—nigh to breaking—rises in thankfulness to Him who has spared her much sorrow and made her so unspeakably happy.” Hudson Taylor

What would it be like if we had such a response to our less-than-desirable circumstances?

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