Thanksgiving Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

HOPE is God’s gift to us for such a time as this.

The calendar tells us that it is nearly Thanksgiving Day and ordinarily we would be praising God in a joyous lighthearted litany.

But it can be a struggle to be grateful after experiencing all this devastation of lives and property in our community.  It is hard to think in terms of thanksgiving just now.  So many have lost so much. Some have lost their lives.

But NOW is exactly the time to be grateful. Because we have hope. We look deep into our heart and stand on God’s promises to be reminded of who God is, and how much he loves us.

Jesus knows and understands suffering intimately.  He knows your sorrows. He knows your needs. He knows your fears.  Jesus knows and understands your grief and will provide what you need to find joy again.

We can start by being grateful for His gift of sending us Holy Spirit,

giving us comfort,

strengthening us in our hour of need,

providing peace in the midst of chaos,

directing our steps out of the chaos and into healing and the restoration of our lives.

Even the raging Camp Fire cannot destroy this gift!

Maybe this is all your heart can muster in the way of gratefulness this Thanksgiving, and that is okay. God will meet  you where you are.  As you call on Holy Spirit,  His presence will be as close to you as your very breath.

Philippians 4:6-7  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Something I am so very grateful for during this devastating time is God’s love flowing through the hands and feet and voices of the people of our community.  Chico and the surrounding areas have become holy ground where heaven is near, filling the atmosphere and lives here with love and generosity and life-changing hands-on help.  I am so blessed to be part of this community.

As we continue to pray for every person here in Butte County, pray that God’s peace that surpasses all understanding showers over each and every person.

Pray that each person knows that God is for them and not against them.

Pray that hope, faith and trust remains in their hearts.

Pray for comfort as people hear of loved ones that have been found deceased in the fire. There are many still missing.

So much to pray for!

“Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go,  for to You I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8

There are so many needs here in Butte County. It is overwhelming. People need homes to go to.

Pray that Our God, who provides all that we need, will provide for each and every victim of this fire.

Pray for those who have taken in evacuees that God provides all that they need.

Pray for beauty to come out of the many, many ashes… “to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”  Isaiah 61:2b-3

From our Hearts Being Healed family to all of you, this is our prayer:

“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge– that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  Ephesians 3:16-21

Pray and pray some more!! We need many miracles!