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A simple praise to God and the community

Good morning, dear friends! I woke up this morning with such a feeling of thankfulness. How refreshing! There is just always, always, always something to be thankful for!

Some of you may be aware of our son’s recent accident; falling 30 feet from a job where he was replacing a roof. It’s been quite a journey for him and for those of us who are closest to him. It’s been a time of a million emotions, but I have to think of the word “thankful.” What? Yes, thankful! There is always something in each situation of life we find ourselves in, to be thankful for!

While I have your attention, may I just list a few thankful moments in recent days? First of all, I am so very thankful that our son wasn’t injured worse than he was. He broke a hip, his pelvis, and both ankles, but it could have been worse. I’m thankful for the care of the medical professionals; that gives me peace, believing he is under the best of care. I’m so thankful that Noah has had such an amazing attitude through all of this! He could’ve slipped into horrible depression, or anger, or hopelessness, or a myriad of emotions. His outlook on all of this has often inspired me. No, he hasn’t been perfect and none of us can be. Still, he continues to amaze me with his attitude of thankfulness for all the love and care of those around him. I’m thankful for his hard working wife, who gives my son a feeling of life continuing on normally. And my sweet granddaughters? Oh my! Three precious little girls who are a constant source of love and joy for Noah while he’s confined to his wheelchair. I’m thankful for relationships of love within our family, where we’ve all been blessed with a sense of joining our hearts together to help where needed, and to be an encouragement, too. That family bond is so necessary and helpful for healing at times like this. And speaking of family bonds, did I mention that our son is a Christian, and is learning day by day to depend on the Lord in deeper ways — trusting God for his healing. Yes, THANKFUL is THE word!

Surely among my thankfulness, I need to mention our community! I’ve been simply blown away over the outpouring of love and concern for our son and his family. Right from the time of the accident, so many rallied around with food, cards, visits, gifts of money and gas cards for numerous trips to Danville — so much help. I don’t even know how to express my own gratitude as a mother, to see so many people giving of themselves, their time and their resources over this time! It’s simply been amazing to see our little town come together with fundraisers to help in a time of need! The influence of this one incident on so many lives gives great glory to God! Prayers have been the norm, visits from pastors Bill and Steve from Evangel have been precious! I guess I could go on and on, but by now, you are surely getting my point. There is always something to be thankful for!

Does all this mean that we thank God for times such as these? May I simply say that prayerfully, when all is said and done, many of us will be thankful for much. I can only speak for myself, so let me say here and now, “Lord, thank You for Your hand of healing through all of this. Thank You, Lord, for those hearts that continue to draw closer to You now. Thank You, for hard lessons of faith learned along the way.Thank You, Lord, for renewing my own heart to watch You quietly and faithfully work in the hearts of so many who gave and continue to give of themselves through gifts of time, visits and so much more, Lord.Thank You, Lord for the healing of some family relationships through this time. Lord, just thank You…for being at the center of all of this, for Your constant care, for Your continued blessings, and for the healing — healing of so many besides our own dear son.

I’ve asked myself recently — would I have chosen this for my dear son? You know that answer! Of course not! I can only imagine the anguish our heavenly Father experienced, watching His own dear Son suffer for all of us, so that we might be healed.There is always, always, ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR!

PSALM 147:3…A short verse that is dear to my own heart through all of this…He heals my broken heart and binds up my wounds (curing my pains and sorrows). I’m so very thankful for the faithfulness of God, as I see healing abound!

Lord, forgive us for often complaining about the details of our lives! You, in Your wisdom and love for each of us, allow what You see as good and necessary, to make us better! Help us look through thankful eyes! We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I Pray. Amen.

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