I frequently have opportunity to view people, especially seniors and those taking care of seniors, in situations that are challenging them – financial, health, family situations, etc – and the way they respond to perceived crisis.
For many, challenges early in their life conditioned and toughened them so they can still puzzle through a new challenge. For those of more fortunate circumstances and few life challenges, the experiences of failing relatives is terrifying and upsetting. “But Dad has always……” (But Dad can’t any more), or “We might lose all……” (Yes, life has no guarantees to preserve inheritance) or “Why us? (Why not?)
But those with faith in the Lord rise up as on eagle wings, sometimes shedding tears, but smiling internally and eternally as they know the future. Those clients are more resilient, understanding, and survive by keeping things in biblical perspective. If one trait were used to describe these clients, it is “Thankful” in all things. Nothing guarantees that we will not have trials or that our children will inherit what we have, but if we are thankful for all we receive, there is a special joy and contentment that you have to see to believe.
In this blessed Christmas season, my hope is that you will be thankful for all, as I am thankful for all of you.