A lot of people are listing the things for which they are thankful during the month of November. Maybe I’ve missed it, but I haven’t seen anyone include a trial in their list of “thankful fors.” But this scripture declares we’re to be grateful in all things…even the hard things of life. And you know what? It’s a sound idea. I can’t speak for you, but when I look back at my life, it was the trials that made me stronger, that solidified my trust and dependence on God. How can I begrudge something that drew me closer to Him? Granted, it isn’t easy to be thankful for the ash pile, but we CAN be thankful for the One who doesn’t leave there alone and who can bring good out of every life situation. Thankfulness might not change the situation, but it changes US. Maybe that’s why it’s God’s will for us to be thankful in all circumstances.