Friday, 23 December 2016

Red nails, rabbit tails, and other blessings...

As I sit here waiting for some shiny red nail polish to dry (it is Christmas after all), I am reminded of just how blessed I am. It's brilliant how Americans do Thanksgiving as a habit at this time of year, and certainly Christmas is a great time to reflect on all our many blessings. But this year I have tried to make a habit of giving thanks and being grateful "just 'cause".

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I am thankful for my beautiful family, for new friends, for unexpected gifts, for pets that return the love you give to them (even if the bunny only tolerates me touching her tail :)

I'm thankful for the people who have helped me out in tight jams this year, those unavoidable and immediate horrors that occur when least expected.

I'm thankful for the friends who know me well enough to forgive me when I'm rude without meaning to be, and who know me better than how I might sometimes behave. I'm only human (I know, it's a shock, right?).

I'm thankful for good workmates and for the laughs we have and the insights we share. I'm thankful for customers who enjoy a two-way transaction of friendship in our encounters, who have thanked me, hugged me, kissed my cheeks in appreciation for the friendship being a fellow booklover has afforded, confiding their highs and lows in life as well as airing sentiments on their favourite books. You guys bless me :)

I'm thankful to and amazed by a God who sent His one and only Son into the world as a helpless babe, a God real and big enough to care for people who will never care for Him. This Son grew into the man Jesus and became the darling of Heaven crucified. I will always be amazed and mystified by such a love that gives so much to so many, fully aware that the many exercise their freewill to refuse it.

While you're sitting back this Christmas and holiday season and on New Year's Eve, take the time to consider not just what you are thankful for, but that there is truth behind the God who not only gave His Son as a redemption price under the stars of Bethlehem, but the God who is also attuned to the fact that He knew we'd be in love with the notion of free holidays every year - Christmas and Easter. Without Jesus, these occasions would not exist. God gives us the big things and the little things, the important and the frivolous, all for our enjoyment. We do well to appreciate His gifts, whatever form they take, and give Him thanks.

What are you thankful for? Take and pen and paper, write them down, and reflect. Seriously, count some blessings, and go and bless someone else. Take the time, and see how it makes you feel. Keep your list, and add to it. Don't forget these wonders, big or small.

Thank God.

"So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?"  Romans 8v32 MSG