This time of year is just so wonderful. People are generally in better moods, life seems to be more "bustling" (I don't know why, but "bustling" just seems so cheerful doesn't it?), and thankfulness is at the forefront of most people's minds and hearts.
Quite a few years ago I made up mind that I would choose five people each year to write "thankfulness" letters to. It's always so crazy busy during the holidays, that taking the time to write out why I'm thankful for people slows me down. It's a bit selfish actually in that it reminds me of all of the blessings in my own life... all the sweet goodness God has overwhelmed me with.
I have a lot to be thankful for.
There's not really a rhyme or reason for the people I choose to write letters to... I spend some time in prayer about it and then make my choice. Realistically, there are dozens of letters I could be writing... but five seems more manageable than five hundred during this time of year.
This year my letters will be going out a bit late...some of them will be e-mails.
But, this year, as always, I am so thankful.
Freddy and I suffered a great loss this year. It was one of the hardest things I've ever struggled through. Yet, in the midst of our struggle God's presence was so evident.
This year, even more than the last, I am thankful for the Lord's faithfulness.
I am thankful, so thankful, for his peace.
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful." Col. 3:15
I pray that the Lord's peace would be pressed upon you this season.