January 1, 2018
2017 was a rough year for many people, us included. Not only did we face the loss of loved ones, but illness, problems with getting medication that was desperately needed, many ER visits and some financial issues, but by the grace of God, we made it through.
As I look back at social media posts from friends and family, we were not alone in struggling through the year. Several friends lost loved ones, children, spouses, parents and grand parents and sadly one family lost a daughter right around Halloween and another lost a daughter just before Christmas and a friend lost her husband just before New Years.
I know from experience that this can make future holidays hard to celebrate, especially the next few years because the sorrowful memories will tear at your heart, they still do at mine. It’s not even been two years since my son died and just a little over a year since my sister passed so the Holidays were bitter sweet, with many memories of past celebrations flooding my soul.
I tell myself that they are in a better place and that some day I will see them again, but that doesn’t take away the pain, it really is only a band-aid until the next holiday, birthday or anniversary comes around. I hold dearly to those memories because they are all I have until we see each other again.
This summer I backed away from doing the “Thankful” posts, not because I couldn’t find something to be thankful for each day, but because there was just so much going on that there were days I didn’t have a minute to myself, spending a large portion of my time going back and forth with pharmaceutical companies, doctors offices, hospital staff and trying to get over illness myself.
I missed doing them. They were a type of therapy for me and I do believe that they increased my faith in God for each day I could see something he blessed me with. Sometimes when I would look at the blessing for one day, it would remind of things from the past and would make me even more thankful than I was to begin with.
I thought I was being led in a different direction but I now believe that the new direction is in addition to the “thankful” posts so I will be starting them up again, beginning today, January 1, 2018. It will be as before, I will get them up on a daily basis when I can, but there may be times when I put up a few at a time. I actually have had some people indicate that that they were sorry to see them stop, and one individual said she decided to start her own thankful journal after reading mine.
Every morning I thank God for one more day; one more day to talk to those I love, one more day to read his word, one more day to pray for those going through the valley and one more day to look at his beauty in nature. Today I am thankful not just for that one more day, but for making it through to one more year.
Ephesians 5:20 “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”