[it happened one thursday]
He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
A few years ago, as I was standing in Church listening to those words read just before Communion, I noticed something that I have never noticed before.
He gave thanks. Jesus gave thanks before breaking the bread that symbolized the breaking of His body.
He knew that the pain he would have to go through has a reason and that, I believe, was what gave Him the strength to say “Thanks.”
Ever since then, I have been teaching myself to give thanks even for troubles. Sometimes I still complain and grumble, sometimes I still get angry with Him, but I have found that with time it becomes more of a useful habit to look up to Him instead of looking down to the problems and becomes easier.
This Thursday before Easter is called a “Clean Thursday” over here. In just a couple of hours, we will gather together at my Church to eat the Passover meal. We will have the traditional Jewish Peisah meal as well as have Communion, uniting those two celebrations together.
Do you give thanks for the troubles in your life? Care to share an experience you had that you can look back at now and see how God used the bad in that situation for good later?