Gratitude 

It’s Sunday morning and I have a few minutes to be grateful. 

  • Thank you Lord, for a local church family that truly cares for us. 
  • Thank you, Lord, for being in a place where I can truly worship you in peace. 
  • Thank you, Lord, for the encouragement given and received this week. 
  • Thank you, Lord, for letting me know that my old atheist friend has found you. 
  • Thank you, Lord, for emboldening me to speak with my agnostic friend.
  • Thank you, Lord, for people like Thom and Tony and Jeff and @RedeemedRags and @EricIsGuitarted and @patchingcracks and @DonnaGeee and @FanN2Flames and @YaelSpeaks and @ImJimR87 and @SkipSmith10 and @SusannaHawkins1 and @CelloC and @anahnemoo and @P31Grits and @RedeemedNegaduc and @dbhostage and @LynnAMcG and @BrannysawrusRex and so many more who laugh, cry, and pray with us. 

Lord, you’ve been here. You know this road ain’t easy. You know we’re going to have a hard time. That’s why you promised us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. 

These fruits of the Spirit guide us and give us strength for the treacherous journey ahead. These fruits take that rocky, twisted, and steep road, and make it smooth, straight, and flat. 

You have given us all of the tools we need, including and especially each other, so that we can make it through to meet you face to face. 

And on that day, when you will wipe away the tears of this world, and you hold us close to you, and you tell us, “Well done!”, we will finally rest our weary souls in your strength. Our battle done, our road traveled, our race finished. No longer dreading the day. No more worry about our husbands, wives, parents, and kids. We will be with you, in Paradise. 

This Sunday morning, I am grateful. Thank you, Lord.

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