Last night our church held its annual Thanksgiving Eve service--one of my favorite services of the year because it's one of the only times we get to hear from the people of the congregation as they give testimony to what the Lord has done in their lives.
I should have brought Kleenex. That's all I have to say about that.
One of the hymns we sing every year is my favorite of all time. It's the hymn I've already told B that I want sung at my funeral--"Great is Thy Faithfulness."
Whenever I see that hymn listed in the worship folder I think, uh oh because I know I'm going to cry. And the girls all look at me, just waiting for the gusher to come. Last night was no exception.
All of the verses are wonderful, but the one that usually gets me is the last verse which goes like this . . .
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide.
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside.
For some reason when I think of the "ten thousand beside" I just can't help thinking about the people sitting in the pew with me. I think of the way God has just poured and poured and keeps pouring His blessings out on me every day by giving me the family He has given to me. I can't believe I even have them in my life, I am so undeserving.
Today's the "big" day. The day we think of the things we are most thankful for. And with those "ten thousand beside" blessings in mind, I want to say how very thankful I am for my family.
For Kate who blesses me every day with the way she works so hard, never complaining. And whose cheerful attitude lifts me up every time I am with her.
For Abby who blesses me with her quiet strength and profound wisdom. I am amazed by the depth in this girl.
For Maggie who blesses me by making me laugh almost hourly. And for the way she has been searching out God in her life--and finding Him.
And for B who blesses me just by being him. Who has surprised me and motivated me and loved me beyond anything I could ever imagine. Who makes me look forward to the future and all that might come with it.
I am grateful for each one of you. I love you all so much more than my feeble words could ever say.