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As I am getting older, I am seeing the correlation between gratitude and remembrance. In essence, the more we remember, the more we can develop a heart of gratitude. Now, one caveat in this simple principle is the assumption that we have learned how to see life through God’s perspective. It is hard to be grateful for a bad experience in our lives, unless we are able to see it through the lens of God’s Sovereignty. This is the only way we are able to gain His perspective on life – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I am wondering if this is why God gave the Israelites so many “observances” and “festivals.” Many of them were designed so that the people would remember the Lord their God and His Faithfulness.
In the same way, every Thanksgiving holiday that we “observe,” it is a time to remember and to be thankful. As I am writing this post and remembering, I am so thankful for this past year. I am thankful for all the things that God has allowed me to experience. Each event and each experience has made me more thankful for His grace and mercy.
The only sad part of this Thanksgiving is that our family will not be able to celebrate it with our extended family back home in Chicago and also with the HMCC of Ann Arbor family. But nevertheless, here is a list of things that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving:
2) I am thankful for my family. It’s hard to believe that they put up with my hectic schedule, my unique personality, and my craziness for all these years.
3) I am thankful for the HMCC of Jakarta church plant team. It was definitely God that put us together and it is God who is keeping us together. How else would we explain our love and unity that we have shared in the last 5 months?
4) I am thankful for God’s surprises and impeccable timing. Sometimes I wish my life was more predictable and planned but for some reason, it just seems more fun trusting in Him.