Finding Thankfulness


Somtimes life throws some real junk at us. It’s like that merciless bully that just won’t leave us alone. It’s gotta keep coming and coming with the bad stuff. Relentless. Overwhelming. Cruel. And just when you think, “It can’t get much worse than this” . . . it does.

Ever been there? I know I have. And I know many others who have as well.

This is the time of year when thankfulness is foremost on our minds. Everyone’s saying their thankful for this and thankful for that. But what about when you’re in that valley and the bully is hot on your heels, ready to dish out another beating? What about when you just don’t feel very thankful at all? Things are bleak, the color for the day is black, gray at best, and the tunnel is long and dark with no light to be seen?

Like I said, I’ve been there.

And here’s what I learned: there’s always something to be thankful for. I know it sounds cliche-ish and maybe it is. But it’s true. Every situation, every circumstance, every valley, every dark tunnel, has something to be thankful for. Oh, sometimes you have to look hard for it, and at the time it may not seem like much, but it’s there. I promise.

I believe that God inserts these little blessings into every trial we go through, pinpoints of light. His fingerprints are there. Sometimes (maybe most times) they’re not very visible and you have to go through some work to dust for them, but if you look closely enough, you’ll find them. And then they’ll be so obvious you’ll wonder why you didn’t see them all along and you’ll cling to them like your life depends on it. Because it does.

Last year at this time I was undergoing chemo for my colon cancer, still had my ileostomy, and was struggling in more ways than I cared to admit. So I had to go back and see what I wrote on this topic of thankfulness last year. Here’s a snippet:

This is going to sound really weird and maybe even a bit sick, but one of the things I’m thankful for this year is my battle with cancer.

Because of the cancer that has invaded my body I’ve experienced things, learned things, witnessed things, and prayed things I never would have otherwise. I’ve seen God work in, yes, miraculous ways. I’ve seen His faithfulness up close and personal, been on the receiving end of His grace, felt the comfort of His arms around me, found things in His Word I’ve never seen before, and heard the soothing sound of His voice in my ear.

Like I said, there’s always something to be thankful for. Think about that.

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Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on November 23, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Doesn't sound weird or sick Mike. But then I guess having MS has changed my perspective on a lot of things as well. Praying for you always.

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  2. Great post, Mike. I needed to be reminded of this, I have been feeling I have nothing to be thankful for – thanks for pointing out that we all do.

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  3. hope it is ok, I posted this on my blog with credit to you

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  4. What a POWERFUL post, Mike! And so very, very true!Thanking God for YOU my friend and all that you do for others!Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. You are so right Mike. It is always harder to count our blessings and be thankful when we are surrounded by sorrow, pain and the weight of the world. It is always in those darkest hours that if we seek him that he shows us the true blessing of being his child.

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  6. Susan J. Reinhardt

    Hi Mike -Whenever I was tempted to throw a pity party, I met someone with a worse situation than mine. My husband spent long stretches in the hospital, but we met a lot of special people. A dear friend always said, "When you're going through hard times, minister to someone else." We discovered his advice was sound.Happy Thanksgiving!Blessings,Susan 🙂

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  7. I've come to believe that Mike. It's been a year since my husband worked and there have been awful days but amidst it all, I can list a zillion blessings!

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  8. Although it's hard for me to be thankful in the midst of crisis I've had enough experience to know your words are very wise, Mike.Blessings and Smiles this Thanksgiving Eve.

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