Holiday Message: Thankful for God’s Grace and Many Blessings

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Thankful for God’s Grace and Many Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving Day

by Joanne Troppello

Today is Thanksgiving Day 2020. It has been a surreal year for most of us across the globe with the Coronavirus pandemic, unrest, and political division. Don’t worry, I won’t be discussing politics today.

Let’s focus on giving thanks.

It has been a difficult year for our family as well. In April, my father-in-law passed away from double pnemonia. It happened right in the middle of the pandemic. It was a very difficult time. You can read more about that time here and Dealing with Loss at the Holidays.

Due to the pandemic, my husband has lost hours at work and I lost writing projects. This year has been difficult. I know many, many families have experienced the loss of loved ones due to COVID-19 and have lost jobs or hours at work—and some have lost their businesses or life savings due to the mandated lockdowns, many which are starting again in some states.

However, on this Thanksgiving Day, I can say with full assurance that I still feel blessed. I am alive. I still have family members around me, even if not everyone is still here with us.

Yet, I know loss and grief and pain—and how unrealized dreams and waiting years, and prayers are still unanswered—can negatively impact your mindset and derail your focus on God.

Those feelings were the catalyst for me to write the following poem. It’s an abecedarian poem, only the second one I’ve written. A while back, I was challenged by fellow Medium writer, Daniel Clark to write an abecedarian poem—a type of poetry writing that I’ve never tried before. It was difficult but rewarding at the same time. Every line in the poem is supposed to start with the corresponding letter of the alphabet in consecutive order.

This is my second abecedarian poem, depicting God’s covering of daily grace and peace that warms my heart and soul.

Almost Running on Empty Until God’s Grace Envelops Me

Abecedarian poem

Almost losing focus

by forces pulling me away.

Can I so easily forget the

daily grace of the Lord

enveloping me with each

footstep across life’s path?

God’s grace is so powerful,

hugging me tightly as

I rest in His loving embrace.

Just when I think I’m alone, my

King always brings bright

light to guide my way.

My Savior is my everything.

Never failing me, always

Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omni-

POWERFUL – and full of compassion.

Qualifications don’t matter.

Redemption is God’s mindset.

Salvation for the whole world

tugs at His enormous heart.

Under God’s covering of peace my

vulnerabilities and sins covered.

Wounds bound by the blood.

Xany, unconditional love from

Yahweh burns in my heart a

zealous love returned to Him.

© Joanne Troppello

I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day. I hope you are celebrating with family or friends or have a place to go today to be surrounded by people who have an open and loving heart. God bless!

About the Author

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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