By David Coe

Master Facilitator

There is a saying: “Every cloud has a silver lining.”

The pandemic has proven that to be true.

Let me explain. About a month ago I was reading about the 10 lepers in the Gospel of Luke (17:11-19). You know the story: Jesus heals them of their dreadful and then-incurable disease after they beg him for mercy.

However, only one of them returns to Jesus to give him thanks for his mercy and healing.

Reading that, I stopped to reflect on what I had not given him thanksgiving for.

That started me on a daily God Hunt reflecting on my past and current situation -- the good, bad, and ugly events of my life.

Frankly, I was surprised and embarrassed about how many things for which I had not said “Thank you” to him. However, because of my God Hunt, this is some of what happened.

  • My faith in him increased.
  • There is a continued sense of peace that I did not have before my “God Hunt.”
  • My joy increased.
  • I now have a deeper sense of his continued presence.
  • Thanksgiving has become a daily habit for me.

The Hunt continues. I have set a daily reminder to stop at least three times a day, no matter what I am doing, and go on a God Hunt, giving him thanksgiving in all things.

The peace and joy in The Lord, with a sense of his presence, that I first experienced continues.

Scripture is replete with many reasons to give Jesus thanks. Below are five to help get you started with your personal God Hunt of Thanksgiving (in case you have not already).

Review your past and current situation along with the following scriptures about thanksgiving. You will be glad you began your own God Hunt.

  • Psalm 100: 1-5.
  • Psalm 107: 1-3.
  • Psalm 30: 11-12.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
  • John 3:16.

God Bless you and yours, in his peace.

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