It is Thanksgiving week, as you know, so I'm continuing my thanksgiving writings. There is so much to thank God for every day and today is no exception. We had our first snowfall of the year on Friday, a seven inch heavy wet snow. It was especially beautiful as the snow gathered in the trees creating a winter wonderland. Gently placed snow caps topped off all the evergreen bushes and a blanket of white covered the ground. His love endures forever.
John noticed how happy it made our dog, Bella. She loves the cold weather and was frolicking through the snow like a puppy. She would bound back and forth with a big smile on her face, wagging her tail, pouncing upon imaginary snow creatures. His love endures forever.
I have noticed how light it is after dark. The moon is nearly full and the snow gives off a reflective light. I walked down to get the mail after dark and was able to see my moon shadows move across the ground. It felt just like God was walking with me. His love endures forever.
With the temperatures falling and the wind chills at or below zero this weekend it was so obvious to thank God for a warm home to take shelter in. Four walls, a roof overhead, and a floor beneath is such a blessing that I can't help but ache for those who are homeless any time of year. But even beyond the house, look at all that we take for granted inside that makes our lives so comfortable and easy. A soft bed with pillows and warm blankets, running hot or cold water at our beckon call, a refrigerator to keep cold food cold, electricity to operate any appliance you can imagine - this computer, lights to brighten the dark nights, microwaves that pop corn and zap pizza, toothbrushes that do the brushing, garage doors that open at the push of a button...and on and on. His love endures forever.
To thank God only one time of the year is just inadequate. There are blessings every day, every hour, every minute, every second and beyond. Each breath that we take is God-given. Every thought we ponder is God-related. Every move that we make is God-created. His love endures forever.
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever...Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever" (Psalm 136:1-3, 26 NIV).