“I Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
When my kids were small, I couldn’t envision the future. It was like a wall that I couldn’t climb; like a fog that I couldn’t see through. I don’t know if I really held hope, unless it could be the hope that for some reason God had a reason for placing me in this circumstance. That he had a reason for placing three kids with special needs in this family. He brought this verse to me. And I decided that even if I could not see the future, I could at least know that I was doing God’s will when I practiced these things. I was already praying continually (God, what am I going to do? I don’t know what to do! – Help me!). I could practice thankfulness. I had a hard time with rejoicing though. I couldn’t do it in myself, so I began listening to music that rejoiced.
Ann Kilter said:
This is not to say that there is no lament comingled with thankfulness or rejoicing. There is lament. Many of David’s psalms are laments mixed with praise and rejoicing.