|The following three rest stops focus on grumbling and gratitude and the force of our lives that live in the midst of these feelings. At what point is it okayeven healthyto express real disappointment and frustration? Many of the psalms would lead us to believe this expression is not only okay but also part of our honest worship to God. And if that is true, then where does gratitude fit in? And when do we cross the line into inappropriate whining?
Should we thank God when we don’t feel like thanking God?
That is the question.
REST STOP #1: A song for the end of winter
By Michele Hershberger
Christmas is over, really over and spring, at least at my house, seems a long way away. The days are getting longer, but the evening shadows still come far too early for me. The bare tree branches pluck at the gray sky. I know, intellectually, that spring is just around the corner. And maybe spring has already arrived at your front door. But it’s the end of winterstillfor me. It’s hard not to complain.
What does it mean to be gratefulwhen you don’t feel it?
Are you supposed to fake it?
Or… if I were really right with God, would I be grateful?
OK, so now I feel guilty.
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