tomorrow is the first thanksgiving for our family. well, not exactly true. we had one thanksgiving meal today in asher's kindergarten class with all the fixings. we also had thanksgiving in october with my husband's family while his parents were in town visiting before moving back to guatemala after being in the states for the past 12 years. so, i guess in a way, this is our third of four thanksgivings this year.
a family tradition around our parts, and i am sure around many of yours, is to share something we are thankful for. there are many things that come to mind, but i would say that the one that jumps out and grabs me right now is how thankful i am for hope. it doesn't matter how much may be going on in life, good, bad, or just busy, with hope it all is put into perspective. hope isn't something that has always come easy for me. sometimes it is quite the battle to hold on and not be afraid of disappointment. but the apostle paul said in romans 5:3-5:
and not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
i do not always, (okay honestly pretty much never), like going through the tribulations of life, but i long for that hope that does not disappoint. so though i have been going through it and at times it has been a struggle in both my heart and mind, i am thankful most of all for hope.
i want to leave you with my favorite verse of my favorite hymn of all times, great is Thy faithfulness. my cousin leah mari valenzuela recently released a cd of all hymns called all i have needed with great is Thy faithfulness being the closer song and the title track. i was privileged to be one of the many family members singing the background choir for her on my favorite hymn. so, though i love all three verses, here is the one that always brings me to tears because it is my prayer and promise for which i am most thankful: hope.
pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
blessing all mine with ten thousand beside
great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness
morning by morning new mercies i see
all i have needed Thy hand hath provided
great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me
what are you thankful for this year?charis