Today is a day where we gather with intentionality to acknowledge what we are most grateful for, what we can’t imagine living without. I have much to breathe in and exhale out with my gratitude…my husband found employment this year, we are expecting a baby BOY, my businesses are growing, my daughter is healthy, and I have a community of friends who rally in prayer when I need them to.
Which has been a lot lately and brings me to what I’m most grateful for…prayer and a God who hears it.
My Dad underwent his second back surgery in ten months five weeks ago, and more recently was hospitalized with Pericardial Effusion, a serious condition which means that there is excessive fluid pressing in on his aorta. Fear and love sometimes drive us to similar places in prayer, and the last week my prayer has been motivated by both. He was released into my mom’s care this last weekend, and he is slowly and steadily recovering at home.
So today I ask you join me, because I am not satisfied with weakness or illness, I want and hope for his full recovery, in the same way that I hope for yours. My prayer today is one of both need AND thanksgiving, believing God hears us, and because my dad is still with us!
“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping.
It doesn’t change God, it changes me.” CS Lewis
Read my Previous Thanksgiving posts here: 2011 & 2012