Today's devotion spoke of Thanksgiving...obviously American based since it's their Thanksgiving today. It challenged me to think about how thankful I am, how often I express that as well how gratitude is a powerful witness to you and how I will live that out.
Jesus you have walked a difficult path with me and I am so very thankful that you are there each step of the way. I could sit here to day and type about all the many things I am thankful for... a faithful, loving husband, amazing children, our home, our food, our health, a wonderful family of parents, brothers, sister in laws, nieces and nephews, the most amazing church and church family, caring friends, a great job I love etc. But the thing that catches me on this is the question 'how is gratitude a powerful witness to our faith in you?
I don't even have to pause to think...being grateful for all that losing my son has brought to my life is likely the most powerful witness I can imagine. And truly Lord, I am thankful that my son is with you. I am thankful for the experiences that loss has taught me. I am so very blessed by all the people that have come into my life because I lost him. I am delighted in the things You have motivated me to do through the healing process after losing him. I am sad, I get angry, I know that I wish, many times over, that he was here. But I am grateful and I thank you Lord for taking Cole home and giving him an eternity of pain free existence. Moreover God, I am so very thankful that you saved my life, changed my life, made me more whole, more sympathetic, empathetic and more compassionate through his loss.
God you are ever powerful but you are also ever loving. I am so blessed and my life is so rich because you choose it to be that way. You have given me great gifts and I thank you for each and every one...even the ones that others would never wish on anyone!