Some trials I never have and never will be grateful for. However, I have learned I can still find ways to be grateful in the middle of despair and later, I am often grateful for lessons learned, for empathy deepened and a heart softened. Gratitude and sorrow can co-exist.
Gratitude is one of those things that everyone knows is a good thing but is sometimes hard to practice. This is especially true when life becomes stressful or hectic. The more you turn your focus to being grateful, the easier and more natural the practice becomes.
Two of Satan’s best tools are comparison and isolation, which lead to pain and self-destruction. Fortunately for us, there is a very tangible connection between gratitude and joy.