I'm thankful for these things, yet there are easy things to be thankful for. It took me all of three seconds to type those five random words down. I didn't think about them much as if my brain already knew that my answer to "What are you thankful for?" would automatically include those things.
But, what about the hard things.
Can you be thankful for,
Lessons, because it means I have something to learn, and boy I could always use to help.
Guns, because it means that my country has a way of protecting me and my family.
Hurt, because it reminds me of how great God's healing feels.
Guilt, because it means I'm not a robot and have a beating heart that will be forever tempted with sin until my Savior returns.
Tears, because it means ... well ... I guess because they come after I feel something sad or painful, because they mean I'm processing what's locked in my head, because they cause me to "do" something after those tears.
Yes. You can be thankful for hard things. And, Yes. It will be hard.
I challenge you as Thanksgiving is tomorrow, thank God for the hard things. Explore the meanings of the objects in your life that are hard to wrap your mind around. Thank God for the uncomfortable because it makes His comfort that much more special.