Thanksgiving draws to mind the many blessings we have and the goodness in our lives. It allows us an occasion to stop and say thank you for the evident and not-so-evident gifts we have received. Some of our blessings we have asked for and readily and graciously praise God on a regular basis. Other blessings come in disguise because Our Father knows what we need better than we do. Therefore, He fills our lives with people and experiences only He knows are best for us and will draw us closer to Him.
The blessing of unanswered prayers keeps us humbled and focused on what we cannot control or ordain. “I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given poverty that I might be wise. I asked for power that I might have the praise of men. I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all, most richly blessed.”
This Thanksgiving as you gather with family and friends, I wish you bright moments, happy memories , and prayers answered and awaiting. May your journey be fulfilling; with purpose and meaning—and always with thanks.
Dear Our Lady Students,
We each have unanswered prayers only God foresees. Handling what comes our way takes grace and faith. Every day we see unfairness and bad things that happen to good people. The important thing is how we rally together when these events happen. How do we see the hope or goodness in a situation? In what ways can we be Jesus at times like these? It is easy to thank God for the amazing and obvious blessings we have. This Thanksgiving, thank Him for a challenge He put before you, a prayer not yet answered, a hardship you handled. God knows you better than anyone and is working through you for His Goodness. Thank you for being gracious and receptive for what is yet to be revealed!
Mary Ann Bennett