Although this is only a small crack, it signifies some big things. This is the shower in my bedroom. The one that has been replaced twice already. The little thing that when my husband spotted it said: "we can't use our shower until this gets fixed". Since he recently had shoulder surgery, that means it will be months before it gets fixed. Which also means that our family of five will be using the same shower...for months.
But I am so thankful for this little crack. It reminds me of my home which is intact while so many in our country have had their homes destroyed. A little inconvenience is nothing compared to families and communities being displaced with a long expected wait time until normalcy.
Counting and recording blessings and things to be thankful for is so important. It helps keep the focus on the good, the everyday gifts from the Lord that may otherwise go unnoticed. Some things I"m thankful for this week include:
- Sunlight streaming across the face of a sleeping child.
- An unplanned lunch with family members we haven't seen in a while.
- The summer Bible study that reminds me of the importance and great responsibility of being a mother.
- Picking plums and making jelly.
- Opportunities to share new hobbies with friends.
- Hearing a sermon on true transformation of the heart.
- The sacrifice of many that allows us to live in freedom.
As we celebrate Memorial Day, I was vividly reminded of the sacrifice of our forefathers through this quote: "When I consider what today people call "dedication to a cause" I am amazed at how little most people are really willing to give up to stand for what they "believe in". Our founding fathers, the men and women that helped form the foundations of this great country, gave up everything, put everything on the line, their money, their property, and even the lives of themselves and their families for what they believed in. It is truly amazing what can and will be accomplished with that kind of dedication." The tradition of sacrifice continues on today through our military personnel. My heart is filled with thanksgiving today for those who give and live a life of sacrifice.
All we have of freedom, all we use or know -This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~Joseph Campbell