Sunday, November 23, 2008
One Thousand Gifts
The brilliant blue of an autumn sky.
A letter from a dear, dear friend.
My husband recovered from a bad cold.
Dad home from the hospital - doing well.
Celebrating my birthday with my family - they are the most precious gifts the Lord has given me.
Prayers of friends on our behalf.
Singing "You Are Holy" with our choir and feeling the powerful presence of the Lord fill the church.
The sweet birds that visit the birdbath.
The last Bible Study for the Fall Session and the luncheon afterwards. Time spent with women whom I've grown to love.
A day with our daughter and granddaughters - playing, pizza, watching a video, and drawing closer.
Our Pastor spoke on gratitude this weekend - the story of the ten lepers. He closed with a very poignant question: "Do we thank God for even the bad things that come into our lives?"
I believe that nothing comes into my life that doesn't first pass through Your hands. Thank You, that You can take even those things that were meant for evil and work them for my good. My heart fills with gratitude knowing that Your love is woven through every circumstance, and that You purpose to use each one to mold me into the person You would have me be.
Thank You for the love and grace that fills my life; for Your infinite patience with my slowness to get things right; for mercy and compassion that is measureless.
To read other "One Thousand Gifts" lists and to join in, visit Ann's inspirational blog.