Recently I was challenged to write a list of at least 100 things I am thankful for, with encouragement to start with events early on in my life—not just current events. I started with thanking the Lord for saving my mother when I was four, and the list went on from there. I came up with 128 things in about an hour’s time. Don’t worry—I won’t list them here for you, but there are still so many things I could add to the list. I only stopped writing because I had to do something else right then!
I will say that YOU, my faithful prayer partners/supporters, are on that list. It is so amazing and special to think of those of you who have been either praying for me, supporting me financially, or both, for 25 years! It is at once humbling and joy inspiring! Thank you for caring so much that you have stayed with me as long as you have, and that includes every one of you, whether you have been participating in Togo’s ministries for a long time or for a shorter time. I thank the Lord so much for you.
As we grow in the Lord, we are to live a life of consistent thanksgiving. While this holiday season gives us cause to consider carefully our “gratitude quotient,” my prayer for myself and for you is that we will be consistently grateful, every single day, because we have so many reasons for thankfulness.
I’m glad I don’t have to pick and choose what I am thankful for, but if you asked me to name one thing today— with the understanding that it does not minimize the other items “on my list”— I would say I’m thankful for the Lord’s never-ending merciful lovingkindness. That’s a big one. I’m not even sure how many times over the past few weeks that I’ve sighed and wondered if the Lord does not grow weary of His children from time to time . . . . Don’t get me wrong; I’m doing well and am joyful! It’s just that sometimes a thought or an attitude may surface in my heart that I am not proud of at all. On one particular day, I had actually, in my heart, suspected the integrity of another person’s motive for doing something!! Uh oh . . . moment of clarity . . . missionaries are not perfect any more than non-missionaries! And I asked the Lord, right out loud, as I asked Him to forgive me, “Lord, don’t you just get tired of me?” And He reminded me: “My mercy never comes to an end.” He brought to mind the vast and dramatic Victoria Falls, and the huge volume of water that does not stop flowing even in the dry season . . . . What a refreshing thought! And it is so true! I’m deeply, deeply grateful today that His mercies never “run out,” as the French Bible states it.
I hope the Lord causes your heart to swell with thanksgiving to Him for many, many reasons (count them!), and especially because He is merciful.
Have a wonderful thanksgiving!