Every Monday I come here to list things I am thankful for with the community at Ann Voskamp’s A Holy Experience. This Monday I really wanted to make my list, but it was Christmas Eve and there were just too many other things vying for my attention. Ah, this is the great metaphor of my life…too busy. My husband is on the Nordic Track (it is his therapy to keep him walking) and I am in my quiet space in the house overlooking the snowy streets below. It is a typical lazy day after the busyness of Christmas. I was about to begin my thank list, when my daughter called and said, “Hey, Mom, I found the chocolate Dad likes so much down here where I live and I want to send it up. Don’t tell him.” I think I will start this way, I thank God that
#965 I have children who think about their parents and try to bless us every chance they get.
#966 I have a job I love and administrators and colleagues that care for me. Just before I sat down for the third time to begin this list a person from work called to ask if I wanted a sandwich for this evening. The day shift orders out for lunch many times and the fact that they would think of me and I’m not even there right now is amazing to me.
#967 my husband and I now have medical insurance.
#969 there is fresh fruit on my table and fresh vegetables in my refrigerator.
#970 I have a refrigerator and the electricity that makes everything run.
#971 my puppies are very well for their ages.
#972 my legs are holding up under a job where I sit all day.
#973 a new doctor has volunteered to help at the free clinic. He really knows how to meet the needs of the poor and is so humble that they feel free to really tell them where they are hurting. Thanks Dr. Andrew Haussmann.
#974 the Church is meeting the needs of people in hard times. One of our church men works at the welfare office and he prays with everyone who will permit him to pray with them during their intake. Another lady volunteers in her neighborhood to deliver meals, clean houses and provide rides for those who need it. Another makes cards and sends them whenever there is a major life event in a family to let them know the church is thinking about them.
#975 my grandchildren wrote, produced and presented the story of the nativity in church this Christmas. Jessica was the donkey and had Kira, the Virgin Mary riding to Bethlehem on her back. Luke was the baby Jesus who rose up from his manger like he was on the cross to tell all who were watching that this baby was the Savior of the world. Luke is 5 years old and accepted Jesus as his Savior this past year.
#977 there are those committed to offering sanctuary to those in need. I think of people like Josie in Belize who feeds 12 hungry neighbors in her kitchen hut every day and Gary Haugan, president of the International Justice Mission, who works to save children from the oppressive labor of having to roll cigarettes for 12 hours a day in some countries or young girls from the sex trade industry.
#978 several of my coworkers at SUN Home employees join me in praying together for traveling mercies during this winter season for all the home care nurses and other staff who must forge through no matter what.
#979 there is glitter. I love it in clothing, on cards and in the clear night sky.
#980 He has designed a remedy for all that ails us, we just need to find it and, when we do, obey it.
#981 someone designed central heating. This past week a home patient from the Emergency Room of a local hospital could not be discharged home because he had no central heating in his trailer. His trailer was deemed unsafe for human habitation. My grandmother had 15 children. My mother was the 13th of the 15. My mother never had central heating throughout her childhood. She tells stories of how they slept 6 to a bed with warm irons from the fire at her feet. The snow blew around the inside of the windows and the water froze in the pitchers by the bed. My how times have changed. I am thankful for the ease of life, but think we have lost some of what made us hardy in the process.
#982 Nila, a lady from our church, who butchers wild game for hunters, shares some of the meat the gamers don’t want with my family. I had roast elk simmered in the crock pot yesterday. Ahhhhh, it was a melt-in-your- mouth experience.
#983 He gave my niece, Renee, a baby girl on Christmas Eve. Here she is with Naomi Joy almost immediately after their water birth together. Naomi’s brothers are very happy she is here.
#984 I got to see all my grandchildren all in one place and they got to see one another and play and play and play Christmas weekend. It was the BEST!
Happy New Year – Emmanuel!