Thanksgiving is here

Today is Thanksgiving here in the US, and most of us are getting ready to overindulge ourselves.  I did not grow up with Thanksgiving (your right Australians don’t have a time to celebrate what they are grateful for).  This is one holiday that I have embraced with enthusiasm however, not because I eat too much but because it does make me pause and think about the many blessings in my life.

I have just been up up our tower basking in the sun that streams into our prayer room on a beautiful cold crisp winter’s morning like we are experiencing in Seattle.  I have so much to be grateful for – a beautiful home, a husband that I love dearly, good friends and a community I love being a part of, a job that I enjoy, a prolific garden & the opportunity to share the love of God with people all over the world are but a few that come to mind.   But as I look back over the year I realize that I am also grateful for some of the struggling times I have gone through which have drawn me closer to God & strengthened my faith.  I have grieved with friends who have lost loved ones and struggled with others who are debilitated by chronic illnesses.  I am particularly grateful for those who have challenged me to look beyond myself to the needs of our broken world.  I am very grateful for all those I know who struggle against injustice, poverty, illness and sin and seek to bing glimpses of God’s love into dark places.

What are you most grateful for this year?

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