When life is difficult, thanking God is probably the last thing on your mind. As the weeks drag into months from Coronavirus, you are probably tired from the struggles, too. But as my 7-year-old daughter taught me the other night, we can still find reasons to thank God in the difficult times.
Every night, my kids and I pray the Daily Examen together – a prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola. It is a simple prayer that focuses on reviewing the key moments of your day. I introduced it to them after reading the book Audacious Ignatius.
One aspect of the prayer is to look back at your day and tell God what you are thankful for. Normally, she might mention something fun we did that day or getting an extra scoop of ice cream. But it was the last day before school started, so I asked her in a different way. Instead, I said, “what were you thankful for this summer?”
Her answer will surprise you, and it inspired this YouTube video:
My daughter is only 7, but her wisdom in this simple response is something that we, as adults, can learn from, as well. It’s easy to thank God when life goes our way but thanking God through our challenges is much harder.
After you watch the video, ask yourself if you can thank God in the difficult times. Can you still find reasons to be thankful – even when the world seems to be crashing around you?