Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This has been such a challenging year for us, but I know that my blessings far outweigh my curses. I can only attribute my sense of peace and hope in all this to the promise I have in Jesus Christ. As I've been reflecting on that, the lyrics from an old Bill Gaither song came to mind:

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

The Gaithers were one of the first concerts I saw as a child with my family at the Anaheim Convention Center - along with Sandi Patti and Carmen. Too funny! Anyway, it's amazing how the lyrics of a song can be buried in my memory and my heart from the time I was just a kid, and then resurface so many years later to be a source of comfort and strength.

I am very thankful to be sharing my life with Michael. It's not the life we expected to be living, but it's a good life nonetheless.

May you all enjoy a blessed thanksgiving surrounded by your loved ones!


AprilMay said...

It's easy to be thankful when life gives you roses, but it's much harder to be thankful when God gives you trials. For me, being thankful through trials has taught me to set my hope on things eternal... thankfulness through trials teaches you what is really important! xoxo
Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Donna said...

One of my favorite songs of all time!

Happy Thanksgiving, J & M!

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mekate said...

Happy Thanksgiving Joannah!
I wish you and your family peace and comfort this holiday season, and I sure hope you are feeling better too.

with love and GRATITUDE

Kayce said...

Happy Thanksgiving Joannah and Michael!!

Sniffles and Smiles said...


That is such a beautiful song...I love it as well...and may not be what you planned...but as long as you are together, it will be filled with love!!! You are both an inspiration!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!! May God bless you both as you continually bless me, and all who know you!! ~Janine XOXO

Teacher's Pet said...

I do hope that you are feeling better. I love coming here...scrolling to the photos of you and Michael and seeing the love on the faces of the two of you...inspirational beyond words.
Happy Thanksgiving to you both.
Smiles to you from Jackie

Alex and Jill said...

Girl, I grew up on some Gaithers!! Wonderful song.

Happy Thanksgiving!!