About the Author

A three-time tongue cancer survivor and mama of children from “hard places," Michele Cushatt is a (reluctant) expert on pain, trauma and the deep human need for connection. Her most recent book, "Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves", wrestles with the dogged presence and affection of...

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  1. My thoughts go to Renee and Yvonne ( my sister), who recently lost their husband and son to stomach cancer. May they find solace in His Word.

    • Nelda,

      Sweet sweet sister-prayers for your niece & sister as they mourn. May God send His love & peace to their weary souls. Asking God to comfort them during this time. Praying for you all!

      Blessings 🙂

  2. Thank you, Michelle! Our family is doing our first Thanksgiving without 2 significant family members. But we have much to be thankful for in our relationships with the Lord and with each other, and the legacy they gave us.

    • Those “firsts” aren’t easy, Gail. It’s a bittersweet mix, missing their presence and yet grateful for the time shared. Heart is with you as you choose Thanksgiving this year.

  3. Michele, I hope all is well with your health now! Thank you so much for this timely reminder, blessings!

  4. Giving thanks while in the midst of pain and heartache is so hard. I was especially drawn to the statement not to give thanks for all circumstances but in all circumstances.

  5. Reminds be a song I LOVE from Lydia Laird – Hallelujah Even Here:
    Right now I feel a little overwhelmed
    Right now I could really use some help
    Right now I don’t feel like it is well with my soul
    I’ve tried to find a way around the mess
    I’ve prayed in faith that the night would end
    Right here when I just can’t understand
    I’ll lift my hands
    Hallelujah, when the storm is relentless
    Hallelujah, when the battle is endless
    In the middle of the in between
    In the middle of the questioning
    Over every worry, every fear
    Hallelujah, even here
    Hallelujah, even here

  6. Wise Words of Wisdom. There truly is a difference between Rejoicing “for” (versus) “in” All Circumstances!

  7. Your devotion touched me deeply. This is the most moving Thanksgiving article I have read in years. Thank you for your precious words, the sharing of your personal journey and encouragement in the Lord – not for our circumstances but in all circumstances. May God bless you richly on this celebration of gratitude.

  8. Michele,

    Each & every day we can find something to be thankful for. Today (Thanksgiving 2022) I went to work in ICU as clerical. There are patients & families who need a pick me up. A simple smile, “I’m praying for you”, “Happy Thanksgiving.” It may cheer them up to know that others care enough to give up their day to be there for them & help out any way I can. Plus it takes the focus off me & any problems I have. Come to realize how blessed I am.

    Blessings 🙂