JULIE WELLS: Be filled with prayer and gratitude this holiday season

Julie Wells

Julie Wells

The Bible states, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

I really love the above scripture. There are many instances in life where the Scripture could, and should, be put to use.

We are to rejoice always. Through it all, the thick and thin of this journey we are all on. We have plenty to rejoice in — really, we do. We can rejoice in the fact that God sent His son for us.

We can rejoice in knowing that no matter what this crazy world brings to us, we can leave it at His feet. And what rejoicing we will do with Him in heaven one day — on the street of glory.

Pray without ceasing. You all know how I feel about the power of prayer, because there is power in His name.

I couldn’t think, and do not want to think, about where I would be if I didn’t have a way to talk to my Savior at any point and time of any given moment, and to be able to pray no matter where we are, who we are around or even the ability to pray when we cannot even utter a word — He knows what we are trying to say.

The next part of the 1 Thessalonians Scripture I mentioned is “in everything give thanks.” Yes, we are in that season of thanks. But as a Christian, our season of thanks should be all year long. We really need to begin to have a greater understanding of just how good God is.

He has really blessed this great country we call America. He has allowed us all to live in a place (although we may not like everything that is taking place right now) where we still walk among the land of the free and the home of the brave.

I could write for days upon days about how we should be thankful, but this is the one point I want to get across — we have so much, so very much to be thankful for.

As you sit around the table with family and friends and you share with one another what you are thankful for, I hope you realize that it is because of a great big God that we are all blessed beyond measure and blessed beyond what we deserve.

I pray that this is a new season of gratefulness for all of us, and let it begin in you and me.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.