Here in Canada, today is Thanksgiving Day. I have so much to be thankful for in a year, that to be honest, has been a brutally tough one.
I don’t know what you make of spiritual warfare, but believe me it’s real. We’ve been in the middle of it this year and I am thankful that we are still standing. Sometimes we sing the song I’m Trading my Sorrows, by Darrell Evans, at church. A verse from it, based on 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, really resonates with me right now:
I’m pressed but not crushed persecuted not abandoned
Struck down but not destroyed
I’m blessed beyond the curse for his promise will endure
And his joy’s gonna be my strength
Though the sorrow may last for the night
His joy comes with the morning
We are seeing glimpses of his joy and I feel very hopeful about the future.
I am thankful for the new direction the Lord is leading us in.
I am thankful for the church family that choose to stand with us.
I am thankful that God has given me the strength to endure.
I am thankful for the air I breathe and for the wonder and beauty I see and hear around me.
I am thankful for the moments in my life when I stop long enough to appreciate this amazing world that we live in.
I am thankful for clear nights when the stars stretch far and wide into the night sky, putting into perspective how small I am.
I am thankful for grace and mercy, for the love of an amazing Father in heaven who wants to know me deeply and intimately.
I am thankful that I have food in my cupboards and don’t want for anything. The famine in the Horn of Africa really puts want into perspective, eh?
I am thankful for our cat. She is loving and placid and brings real joy to my daughter.
I am thankful for our dog (or stupid dog as he is affectionately known as in our house). He was an animal shelter dog and he has, let’s say, some issues! Living with him has actually helped us to understand other things this year. He is so docile and has really helped my son to overcome his fear of dogs.
I am thankful for these guys:
I am thankful for the love and joy they bring into my life each day. I couldn’t imagine doing this thing called life without them. When I am with them I am home.
Happy Thanksgiving Day!