In the wake of tragedy, this passage can easily appear blurred and unapproachable. As for the obvious blessings in life, a grateful heart rises up and becomes somewhat effortless, although at times, the act of being thankful is overlooked. So to shrink the distance between these two extremes becomes a challenge.
The loss of my daughter Angel has taken my encounter with tragedy to the extreme edge of my senses. How can such an experience prompt me to give thanks? After all, this event falls within the everything the apostle Paul was speaking of. In all honesty, I cannot be grateful and give thanks for this tragedy. I must draw in deeper and focus beyond to expose the blessings birthed from this heartache.
One of these blessings is that I see Angel’s reflection in all that I do. This is a gift God has given me through the ashes that remain. My perception has purpose and simple things take the lead as to how I navigate the course ahead of me. The sadness in my heart will remain for my dear Angel. But, it is through this sorrow I am reminded of the blessings born from them, and it is through these means I can be thankful.
As I go forward, the everything in my life is all-inclusive, whether that of a simple meal, an obvious gift, or the blessings given birth on the other side of tragedy. I must be attentive to the efforts I put forth in my offering of gratitude and discover the affirmation in all that I offer. The Lord has taught me these truths through the loss of my Angel, and for that, I am thankful.
May God Bless You and Give You Grace.