Monday, December 20, 2010

Gratitude 17: Advent

The Good News of Advent:

Jesus came~

“God With Us” born a baby in Bethlehem;

He comes~

“God With Us” now who have believed in His saving name;

He is coming~

“God With Us” in salvation of His own out of this present fallen world, and judgment of those who reject Him.

May He find us watching and ready!

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).

Today I'm thanking the Father for (#2918-2933 of gratitude list)
~Jesus' coming and coming again
~singing Christmas carols
~the sacrifices of our nephew and the many, many others spending Christmas away from home because of military service
~Christmas card from one of our sponsored children
~Ebony's leg injury last week (while chasing a cat out of the garden) did not even require a vet visit
~blood pressure responding well to medication
~gifts under the tree
~gifts sent out to loved ones we cannot visit for this holiday
~opportunities to share the Lord's bountiful gifts to meet even a few small needs
~increasing strength to tolerate a bit more housework and driving
~good news from lupus labwork
~husband's help with errands and vacuuming
~gift of a cleaning helper who cared more last week about protecting me from her cold germs than receiving her fee for our house
~a plan in place to bring my grandmother to visit Christmas Eve, if the Lord wills
~hugs from my dad
~prayers with my mom

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