Loss and Thanksgiving…
This morning, as I prayed for two friends who experienced the sudden loss of ones they love and for another who is in a battle for her life against cancer, I was reminder of how quickly life can change and how precious each moment is.
I am inspired as I watch each of these women overcome loss with thanksgiving.
Give thanks in all circumstances.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
This is who these women are teaching the world we should be.
Reflecting back on my weekend I see how my Gratitude List is filled with memories that could have easily been forgotten without the reminder that life pivots on a dime. Control is an illusion I only think I own.
The struggle to get out the door to exercise turned into a 9 mile hike with cherished friends – laughter, accountability, and a strong heart beating within my body replaced the struggle and apathy. Other things could be taken for granted – the freedom to study the Bible openly in community. Celebrating my husband’s birthday with friends and family with every expectation that he will be with me for a long life. Or being reminded that it was a just over a year ago I longed for my mom to move here from Arizona, and now she is 7 miles away…ready for a day of shopping and lunch. The joy of watching my teen boys wake up taller than the day before and trying new recipes of pumpkin pancakes and hotdog twists on them as they watch the Seahawk game with their Dad and a good friend. The ability to sneak in a little golf and writing in between more birthday celebrations and an impromptu church auction with girlfriends.
These are a few of the things I am thankful for.
What is on your Gratitude List today?