Have you ever had a dog?
Maybe you’ve gone on a trip and your dog is sitting at the front window awaiting your return. When he sees you pull up, he gets so excited and starts running around. Then, when you open the door, he throws himself at you and then runs in a circle, only to run back to you to throw affection on you. The cycle repeats. That dog is so happy.
That’s how I feel today.
God’s mercies are new every morning, and today I am bubbling up with joy and thankfulness. First of all to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is not a religious icon. He is my Lord, my elder brother, my truest friend. If He was water, He would be the purest of water, cool and refreshing, always moving, unfathomably deep. He may not be water, but His words are.
But He is also light.
Light is the thing that holds everything together at the atomic level. (Quantum physics 101). We are the light of the world and God is the Father of lights. His Word is a lamp (light) unto our feet. He is also our bread, our sustenance, our very means and reason for existing. How can we not be thankful to Him and for Him? I love you Jesus! Thank you for saving me and loving me and giving me hope and faith and love!
Speaking of love…
I am also so very thankful for my Judy Ann. God brought her to me at that perfect moment of time. She has exceeded the loftiest of my hopes or dreams, and she does so daily. She is a reflection of His life, His vitality, His great love.
Her smile, in case you haven’t seen it, lights up the darkest of rooms and every atom of my being. Her gentle laughter, does something to my heart that defies words.
Her compassion for others reaches at once to the heart, and as an extension of God’s hand, ministers life. I know this from first hand experience!
She is my absolute best friend. I am so thankful to the Lord for the gift that is Judy Ann. Not to mention her siblings, son and grandkids too! What a blessing they are to my life!
Of course I am thankful for my children.
My oldest daughter, Jennifer Lynn moved out in 1979 when she was only 18 months of age, and took up residence with the Heavenly host. She was a remarkable child with special needs and left early so those needs could be better attended to. Nine months after she left, God brought Ryan and Amy (twins) into my life. They in turn brought six grandchildren into my life with another on the way. Wow! How great is that?!?! I could gush about my kids and grandkids, but you guys know that feeling.
Then, there are my friends.
Too many to mention. Some interact at brief intervals. Others more frequently. All of them special to me and loved. I am thankful Lord for my friends. Thank you for the gift of friendship. Oh yeah… You are a friend that sticks closer than even a brother. Wow! Thank you for that too Lord!
Funny thing, when I am thankful… truly thankful, all the fears, the losses and the regrets fade into nothing and my heart is happy and full. When I meditate instead on my fears, losses and regrets, thankfulness evades me and my heart hardens. The good news is, that thankfulness is a choice. A deliberate act. Sometimes we must choose it when we feel least like it. Other times we need to choose it, just because it is the right thing.