Friday, November 23, 2018
Today in Mercy, we continue in the mood of thanksgiving.
Do you have a computer calendar that pops up reminders for you — appointments, due dates, anniversaries, etc.?
On this date, I am reminded of two very happy events:
- the birth of one of my precious grand-nephews three years ago – a gift of beauty, love and hope to our family
- the jubilant wedding of two dear friends six years ago – a covenant and sign of love, fidelity and courage in today’s unloving world
As we get older (as I have been blessed to do), our calendar blocks become more crowded with memories – with the years’ accumulation of joys and blessings. “Thanksgiving Friday” is a good day to mentally page through the gift of years, remembering, thanking, praying for all that has brought love, hope and encouragement to our hearts.
It’s a good strategy to resist the commercial lure of “Black Friday” and to keep our focus on what truly counts as GIFT – those treasures that are beyond gold in our life’s story.
Hopefully, God’s goodness came to us yesterday, and comes to us daily, in abundance and joy – of family, friends and blessings shared.
But for some, God draws us closer through loneliness, loss or sadness shared. The great grace is that God abides with us in every season, and reveals Mercy’s loving face in both our sorrows and our joys.
May we praise God and know the Comforting Presence in whatever the season of our hearts. Let us pray this for one another.
Music: 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman