>> Tuesday, November 26, 2013
We gather at the Thanksgiving dinner table…hold hands…and then go around the table with each person expressing what they are thankful for. It’s a wonderful tradition. There is always a plethora of ideas for thankfulness.
But this year my thanksgiving has gone a different direction.
I think back to my days in Kansas…raised under religious oppression. It was all I knew and I thought it was normal. An arranged marriage before I graduated from high school only continued my kind of normalcy.
And then he left me…in a strange town…no friends…no church support…to fend for myself. The next two years I floundered in all aspects of my life: finances, children, employment and Christianity.
Now I live in a new “normal”. Those years formed my backbone…caused me to observe my lack of parenting…taught me how to handle money and a job…and sent me on an exhaustive search to discover who God really is and what that meant for me.
Today I am in a life test…and so far I’m passing. Without those years of learning and growing I would be failing.
So I’m thankful for those years.
“Thank you!” Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness; Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.” Psalm 138:2-3 (MSG)