Our family Thanksgiving celebration is still happening and last night we watched a couple of episodes of Band of Brothers, the story of a World War II Army unit in Europe. It was a dramatic depiction of what they experienced with all the ugliness of that war.
I was struck by their discovery of a concentration camp they discovered in Germany where hundreds of Jewish men were being kept. It was searing to the soul to watch and it had to be life-changing to have been there in person.
Where does being thankful to God come in this kind of situation? For the Jewish captives? For their families? For the American solidiers who found them?
In his blog post, I think Mart DeHaan of Radio Bible Class answers this. You don't thank God for all the meanness and nastiness that happens in your life, but you thank him for being faithful to get you through it.
But, I don't see God wanting us to thank him for all the bad stuff that can happen. Losing your health. Losing a child, a spouse, your home. Being hungry. And all the other crap that is sometimes dumped on an individual.