Finding Gratitude in the Midst of Hardship

The past several weeks have certainly seen upheaval in life. It could be a depressing time for me if I did not have God helping me. In my prayers the past few weeks I have been thanking Jesus for how he has helped me during this COVID-19 crisis. I thought I would share some things I am grateful for in the midst of hardship.

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Hardship- class canceled for a few weeks and starting again online.

I am grateful that I have work and can still have income. I am thankful for being able to help my students learn new skills studying online that can help them with their futures. Yes, I miss seeing them in person, but I can see them in online class and stay connected.

Hardship- I am in 3 at risk groups so going to the store is not for me.

I am thankful for friends who bring me food. They have been a blessing. I can also order food for pick up curbside at some supermarkets here who have set aside time only for people in high risk groups.

Hardship- I live alone and can’t see friends at church, see my students, see people at my coffee shop hangout.

I am grateful for online services from my church. I can also see my students online. I have had video chats with friends in Brazil.

Corrie Ten Boom was in a Nazi concentration camp. She saw her sister die in the camp. Her story reminds me that what we are living through now is not as severe as what she endured. One of her quotes is one of my favorites.

“There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.”

I am so grateful that because of Jesus I can have a relationship with God. I am thankful for Jesus waking me up with a song in my spirit.

What are you thankful for at this time?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

35 thoughts on “Finding Gratitude in the Midst of Hardship

  1. Thanks for this post, Matt. “Thankfulness” is my word for 2020, so I am intentionally finding things for which to be thankful during each day. Today I’m thankful for the peace of God at this time. It is the “each that surpasses all understanding,” because logically we should not be very peaceful in the middle of a pandemic when things are in such disarray. But that’s the miracle! We can be a peace. God is in control. Period. We can lay down and rest in His care.
    At this moment I am thankful for God’s peace that is down deep in my soul.

  2. Lovely post brother Matt….I am thankful for this pandemic in itself….Agreed, its killing many and a lot of people are experiencing a lot of problems…..but I see the good in it too. The earth and creation needed a break from us. People needed time to introspect. People needed to focus on what’s really important….so many things have momentarily reversed because of covid and I’m thankful just for that much….there’s always some good in almost everything πŸ™‚
    Sometimes…..greater the suffering, greater the peace.

  3. I am thankful for the blood of Christ which has cleansed us from all sin. I am thankful for His indwelling Holy Spirit and the power we have through Him. I am thankful for God’s great love for mankind. I am thankful for His word, which guides us and so much more. I am thankful that you asked what we are thankful for. I thank God for you. God bless. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  4. Very encouraging, thank you! These days of physical distancing can quickly lead us to focus on what we cannot do or have. As you have so rightly pointed out, we all have the wonder of our All-loving God who cares for us in all circumstances. I found renewed hope in this truth as I read your blog today.
    Blessings and continued good health to you,
    Pastor Chuck

  5. Wonderful post, thank you for sharing!! I am so thankful for how much I have realized I appreciate those around me. Not just friends or family, but every human being that ever breathed, I am thankful for. Without humans, there would be no society, no need to social distance. COVID-19 has brought to my attention how important others are to me, and when this is all over, I am going to work as hard as ever at loving them all endlessly, like Jesus would.
    Again, thank you for your lovely post!! Please stay well.
    – Keziah

  6. I am thankful that our special needs son, Aaron, is here at home with us. It’s not always easy, but he’s doing very well with all the changes and that’s a blessing. I have friends whose children are in group homes. They can’t see their children at all during this time and it’s very hard for all of them. So when I’m tired at the end of the day, I think of how it might have been for us and I am thankful. Thank you, too, for this good blog!

  7. Beautiful written to see act of kindness, for me how my husband cared for me as I recovered from a mild case of the virus. As I continue learning in my CPE course as a Chaplain I am able to reach out to others who are lonely and at times loss hope

  8. Thank you for your wonderful post, and the gentle reminder of my duty to be more, much more, grateful. . . for everything, things that enable me, things that are good and pleasant, and more so the things that aren’t at the moment enjoyable or pleasant but will turn my head back to our Heavenly Father. Things that return me to Him.

    I often think of our Messiah as the lifter of my head (Psalm3). I think of a child and a mother lifting his head to give comfort. I think of a wounded man and a medic lifting his head to give him a drink of water. Spirit works through the Children of G-D. . . and I am reminded to be grateful to Him for His people.

    L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .

  9. Yes I soooo agree with realizing things could be much worse! We’re not being persecuted, we have extra time for Bible study, prayer etc..and we can communicate with one another by using social media as a blessing !!
    I’m so thankful you don’t have to get out in this craziness risking your health, that you have friends to deliver goods or pickup/drop off options!! Praise to Him!!

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