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Wednesday Devotional: Gratitude in a Cold Airport

Updated: Jun 27

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Recently I experienced a really rugged trip home from a distant Christian writers' conference. With storms playing havoc with not only my home airport but most of the eastern U.S. flight system, I spent 25 straight hours either in an airport or on a plane. Boy, did I see one haggard face when I looked in the restroom mirror.

I wound up spending the night in Reagan airport in Washington, D.C. Even though a lot went wrong before and after that point, I found myself grateful for small things.

  • With my luggage at who-knows-where, I was thankful for the light jacket I brought along that could keep me warm during the night and the toothbrush kit I always stow in my backpack.

  • I appreciated the airport providing a row of wobbly recliners; I took one and slept with my feet up, carefully calibrated to avoid falling out of the leaning chair.

  • And I breathed a little prayer of thanks when I learned I was booked on the last seat from D.C. to St. Louis the next morning; neither city was my starting nor ending point as I was rerouted from airport to airport.

Looking back, I'm reminded of a verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which I find myself turning to again and again:

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Even when life doesn't go as planned, having a mindset of gratitude allows us to view our situations in a different light.

We are so quick to find the negative; let us be even quicker to discover the positive in every situation and to give thanks to God for small favors, for loving care, and for presence in every circumstance.

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