Circumstances surrounding thankfulness

Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you. 1 Thess. 5:18

It would be really sadistic to ask us to smile and call pain and evil good. We can be thankful for God’s comfort, peace, and guidance. We can be thankful that He can make all things work together for good. But we aren’t obliged to be thankful for painful circumstances themselves. Our honest responses to troubles, our willingness to admit pain and need opens us to the kind of responses from God and others that will make us truly thankful.

Lord, help me to be appropriately thankful for every circumstance.