We missed out on having Thanksgiving here. England doesn’t appear to have a day to be thankful. I wonder if Canadians and Americans are more mindful of being appreciative because at least once a year they pause (or at least are suppose to pause) to be thankful. Or maybe the Brits are always thankful, and so they don’t need any prompting. Anyways, I missed thanksgiving. Sitting down and jotting down a few things for which you can be thankful is a good exercise at any point. I find it wards off being caught by despair and being pulled down by the ‘gravitational pull of negativity’ (Pinball Clements quote). So, the things I am thankful for right now are:
- The parents, children, grandchildren, siblings and siblings-in-law that Becky and I have
- Coming to England has caused me to pray more consistently and more fervently than ever before
- My new granddaughter, Moira, was born
- Stephanie has been with us for two weeks and it has given us a brief sense of ‘home’
- Becky and I have worked together as a team better than I could have ever hoped
- We live in an absolutely beautiful part of England, near Bungay, a very fine old town
- Our guests are as divergent as can be, with a single commonality of a gracious appreciation for what we do for them
- We live in an era of technology that lets us communicate with our family almost daily
- I have a lot of fond memories of my life and relationships in Edmonton that often make me smile
- My life is in the hands of God and, although I have no idea what the future holds, I know He is gracious and loving
- Some nice people in Canada/USA sent money anonymously to Quiet Waters for Becky and I to buy a full size bed rather than the 3/4 bed we have slept on for the past 9 weeks
- That you are reading this and that somehow you and I are connected in life
The list goes on, but it was nice to be able to set those in print.
Now, my turn…
Things I’m thankful for:
- That Stan and I are ‘in this together’ – more so than any other time in our lives – and it continues to amaze me.
- Our kids, parents, grandchildren, sisters, brothers and in-laws. You have all been so supportive and loving – it blows me away!
- That we can do this job and we get excited when we see what can be accomplished here.
- That we have great memories and that familiarity has become precious.
- That we have a job where we have time to reflect on the mystery of God almost daily – whether it’s hanging up the laundry, serving the meal or preparing for a devotional.
Anyway, that’s just a few – there are more. More people and more circumstances. Thanks.