Our church has a special service on Thanksgiving eve. We sing, and pray and we get lots of time to share with each other about things we are thankful for and praise God for.
As always, I had I to choose not to go. An outing like that would have made me sick for today (Thanksgiving) and unable to be a part of or enjoy our family time.
So I wrote a letter and sent it for a friend to read because I wanted my thankfulness and Praise to be public! So I’d like to share it here too.
Hi Dear Church Family,
I am unable to join you tonight at our worship service. So I’ve asked a friend to read my letter during the thankfulness sharing. This way, I am still a part of our community worship even thought I couldn’t come physically.
We all, myself included, talk about the flaws of Facebook. But I must say, I am really very thankful for it too. Because without it, I wouldn’t be able to feel like I was staying connected with so many of you. Some of you know, but some don’t, that I try to watch your updates and stay informed about what’s happening in your lives. I many not comment or even click “like” but I do check in to Facebook every day and scan the updates. And I often pray for you. Without Facebook, I wouldn’t get to see your beautiful children being born and growing up. Those pictures and videos are very special to me. And I wouldn’t know about your accomplishments and all the little pieces of news that you share. I’m thankful for the chance to pray for you when you’re sick, or just having a bad day. And I’m thankful that many of you connect with me. Being sick and stuck at home could be overwhelmingly isolating without Facebook. So even with all of it’s problems, I am really thankful for it.
Secondly, I am more thankful than words can even describe, for my husband, Bill. With my illness, he has so lovingly and graciously accepted so many new responsibilities. He does his job and serves all of you, and then he comes home and does all my house jobs and serves me. He does all the shopping, cleaning and laundry as well as the outdoor jobs. On top of all that, he makes every effort to fill my social and friendship needs. He takes time to talk to me, he things of fun things for us to do together, and he just sits and watches TV with me when I’m feeling so ill that that’s all I can do. I can always count on his companionship. A husband shouldn’t have to do all of these things, but God has created in him a generous and compassionate heart and I am more thankful for this than I could ever express.
Thirdly, I am thankful for God’s faithfulness in my own life. If either Bill or I had been told we would have to live like this, we wouldn’t have believed we could. But God’s miraculous hand has guided and taught me to live an amazingly joyful content life even as I lost everything that I thought defined me. He sees us through the hard things, and he turns those into beautiful things. And I am so thankful I have been able to experience that in my life.
Lastly, I am thankful that God answered a prayer I started praying 3 years ago. It was something that was kind of far-fetched that I asked God to give my son. This week that prayer was answered. I am surprised, amazed and very thankful.
Thanks for letting me share these praises publicly so that God could get my praise publicly. Thank you God for your love and faithfulness.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all, and thank you for allowing me to share my journey with you!