Today, I am grateful for Christmas trees, for a funny employee at the Christmas tree farm who introduced me and George as "my dear friends Linda and Todd," and Santas who are really good at what they do.
Today, I am grateful for Advent and for Peace...the second week's theme. Our Stephen Ministry group handed out handmade ornaments to the congregation this weekend. The theme for the ornaments this year is Christmas Peace. What a privilege to bring the peace from Christ--peace that passes all understanding--to those who are hurting all year long!
Today, I am grateful for the 42 individuals who have already sent mail to Jonah and his family. To check if your mail has been received yet, please click HERE. I add names as the mail comes in, so if you sent something and don't yet see your name, please check back.
Today, I am grateful for the following comment from Jonah's grandmother:
Susan, it really has been humbling to see the
list of all the people who have taken time to send Jonah a card. When I first
read of the response, I was feeling something like guilt because I have no way
to repay or thank these people personally. No words. I fell overwhelmed at even
thinking of making each person a thank you card. You replied to me once with
three words that have been my mainstay: Let God repay. Thank you for that
freeing thought. In the midst of all of this - God has prompted my heart to
realize afresh what He has done for me -- a grander gift of salvation to be
sure, but just as undeserved and leaving me equally unable to adequately thank
Him or do anything in an effort to repay Him. I know salvation is free and
cannot ever be earned -- I am just having a fresh appreciation for being the
recipient of something so valued and feeling helpless to express my gratitude.
Today, I am grateful for those who have said how blessed they are to be able to lift Jonah and his family up with cards and prayers. We are blessed as we bless, and it makes hearts overflow.
Today, I am grateful for this reminder that my life doesn't need to look like it belongs on Pinterest...it needs to feel good.
May your Christmas season be one that feels good on the inside!
What are you grateful for today?