November, being the month to give thanks, we have had a tradition in the Lander household for many a year. Each day we put a tiny paper in a big bowl on the table with one thing for which we thank God. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, we take them out, one by one, read them aloud and try to guess who wrote the specific item. This year our household consists of only three of us, instead of 5 or 7 or 9, so I hope to blog each day about one little (or maybe big) thing for which I thank God. We may have a bowl on the table, too.
November 1: I thank God that He surprised me with a gift trip from a good friend and Wycliffe partner. We shared three days at a nice time-share condo at the beach, walking, crocheting, climbing on rocks (at least I did), picking up items for a project she is doing, eating all the good food she prepared BEFORE our trip and reading and talking about the Scriptures and Christian life. We also visited another long-time friend and his wife. The sun shone gloriously at the coast, which rarely happens this time of year in Oregon. I thank God for this one friend who thought to include me for a break from the routine of work and family life. Secondly, I thank God for bringing us safely through the terrible rainstorm that flooded the coast highway not long after we left. Thirdly, I thank God for a brief time with the best mother-in-law God could think up. So, November 1, the bowl has three slips of paper from me. How about you?
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits” (Psalm 68:19, NKJV).