Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Song Stuck on the Brain: Find Out Who Your Friends Are by Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney

Happy Thanksgiving, Cyberspace!

My turkey is roasting, the stuffing is prepped and the house is clean... enough. :) As per my tradition here at Projecting A, I wanted to pop in and list what I am thankful for this year.

1. My health. I know that seems like an odd thing to say after all I've been through in the last two and a half months, but it's true. I made it through major emergency surgery, I'm nearly healed from the complications and despite this nasty cold, I feel pretty good. Knowing that the tumor is gone and my health is good, makes me very thankful.

2. My Friends and Family. Obviously this one makes the list every year, but this year it's even more obvious how special they are. And how numerous. Nothing like a month long hospital stay to show you just who your friends are, and I have a lot. They are such a blessing.

3. My Job. They worked with me during all of this and made my transition back to work a breeze.

4. My Savior. It may be listed last, but that's because all the others rest on this one thing. Jesus carried me through the five weeks in the hospital. He comforted me when I was scared, He kept me upbeat and joyful, and ultimately He healed me. Maybe not the immediate miracle I hoped for, but still a quick healing. Jesus has held my whole family in His capable hands for as long as I can remember. The poem Footprints is special to me, because I feel like it was written for me. I look back, and see more single footprints than double, and I'm so thankful that Jesus is willing to carry me.

Footprints in the Sand

Mary Stevenson, 1936

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,

“You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

What are you thankful for?


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