Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. – G.B. Stern
The holiday season has arrived in my part of the world. From Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day, many Americans will turn their attention to gathering with family, exchanging gifts and sharing the season’s spirit.
This is also the time of year when folks in my part of the world express gratitude for the blessings in their life. After the year my family just had, we are grateful to be standing together, counting our blessings.
There was a time when our hearts almost broke. But with God’s grace, our hearts actually grew a little larger, allowing for even more love. And for that, we are thankful.
A reason to be thankful
Mary Beth and I are grateful the year is coming to a close knowing our children are healthy, both physically and emotionally. Brandon, Caitlin, Andrew and Emily all faced serious obstacles. It is with a thankful heart I witnessed our sons and daughters overcome what seemed impossible – even life threatening.
However, not everyone we know made it through the year unscathed. In early spring, our friends unexpectedly lost a child. Later in the fall, Mary Beth received news that a close high school friend died. Just as my wife and I were starting to find relief from death’s sting, the wounds were opened one more time.
But in life’s unpredictable and ironic way, these hardships have brought Mary Beth and me closer together. It is with a thankful heart we have built a love that may shake under the weight of a heavy world, but it will never collapse.
My thankful heart
My thankful heart knows that when life seems unfair, there’s usually a lesson waiting. My thankful heart knows that I’m made stronger by adversity, not weaker. My thankful heart knows that love will find its way back when I surrender the anger. And now more than ever, my thankful heart knows that my faith deepens as the water rises.
From my thankful heart to yours, thank you for allowing me to share my part of the world with you. You inspire me, encourage me and you lift me up with your kind words.
There are two reasons why I write. One reason is to share my heart and the other reason is to find healing. I often say writing is like medicine for my soul because of what I receive back. Thank you for your kind, gentle touch. It means more to me than you know.
Last March, I released my first book, Saying Yes to Change: 10 Timeless Life Lessons for Creating Positive Change which became an Amazon Best Seller later in April. As a way to say thank you, the Kindle version is available for free from Wednesday, November 21 to Sunday, November 25, 2012 – with no strings attached. Click here to download the book.
If you have purchased the book, thank you. Perhaps you can share this free Kindle download as a gift for someone else.
There’s still more to do, more to learn and more to write about. It’s good to know that no matter how tough life gets, I have the love and support of my family – the one that lives with me in Kansas, and the one that lives with me from all over the world.