Truly Thankful

When preparing for Thanksgiving this year so many things were different from previous years. Strange, odd, weird feeling. Everything was different. These kids had never celebrated and American Thanksgiving. Many of them didn’t know what a turkey was. There were only 23 of them. And even the familiar busy, big, joyous feelings that come from preparing and celebrating the holiday were different. But with that change, new blessings, new evident things to be thankful for, could not be hidden, they all but screamed out and we are consumed with the blessings our heavenly Father has abundantly showered down upon us this year. Not without pain we look out on today. Not without pain we wonder and worry. Not without pain our shattered hearts cry with the pain of the nation. We look forward hoping for brighter things, but know that no matter what our God has given us His promise that He will be with us through it all. We cannot say what will happen tomorrow, next month, what will happen to each of these precious children in our care. We cannot say what will happen to our staff and their families, to our community, to this nation. So much hurt, so much need, so overwhelming, were it not for the knowledge that our God is control. In every movement that is made, every tear that is shed, every death that weighs upon us, every good-bye that continues into unknown, with every hurdle, every stumble, every day that we want to close our eyes and shut out the constant reminder of the things that have brought us from one year ago to where we are today, we are comforted and filled with humble praises of Thanksgiving to our Father who has carried us through every step of the way. Not only knowing our needs but providing for them often before we even were aware, for His unfailing love, for His constant protection, for His unending comfort, for His faithful presence, for His never ending patience, for His sovereign control not only in our lives, but over this world. For that we are Truly Thankful.

 Jeremiah 32:17 NIV    17 “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

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2 comments (Add your own)

1. Lois Reimer wrote:
Beautiful pictures and the joy in the faces does not change, although the faces have:) Praying that God's grace will sustain you all.

Tue, November 30, 2010 @ 12:44 AM

2. Rori Hartzell wrote:
We are consistently praying for all at GLA! Thankfulness--it truly is a true reflection of our faith isn't it !!! Thank you for your wonderful blog updates. We look so forward to reading them! Continued blessings for GLA are being prayed for !!!

Tue, November 30, 2010 @ 2:29 AM

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