November 21

Gratitude During COVID and SAD


Do you find it difficult to show gratitude during COVID times? How about when you have the winter blues? Yes, there is such a thing and the scientific name is called “seasonal affective disorder”. For those who suffer from SAD, it would seem like as soon as late autumn comes around and the days begin to get drastically colder and darker, depression begins to set in as the long winter drags by.

It can be quite challenging to put on a smile or show gratitude when we don’t have God in your life. Gratitude and joy are definitely gifts from God that we should never take for granted, especially when going through trying times.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1: 17, NIV

When Everything Changes…

Sharon has been going through a season of change in her life. There have been positive changes like the start of her online business and the news that she’s pregnant after years of infertility. Now, she and her husband are in the middle of buying their first home.

But along with these changes, there have been some losses, too. Her mother passed away after a lengthy battle with an illness and her best friend moved to another country.

With so much changing, Sharon has found comfort in focusing on the things that haven’t changed. Her husband’s encouragement and support have been steadfast. Her friend’s continued text messages and notes make her feel loved.

But more than that, she’s thankful for the fact that God’s unchanging character. She often finds herself saying, “When everything changes, God doesn’t.” Those five words give her the courage and the confidence to embrace this season of change.

Maybe you can relate to Sharon. You’re going through your own changes in life and you may sometimes feel overwhelmed or even abandoned. In those moments, look to God’s unchanging nature to find comfort and support.

God, thank You for being faithful and constant. Remind me when a season of change comes that I can look to You for support and guidance. Please be with me, Father, and reassure my heart. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!

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