Because people do read my scribblings, so I hear. It’s so much easier to talk or write with an awareness of an engaged communicator on the other side of a live conversation. Of course there’s a simpler way to say that but, go ahead, you edit it yourself to your hearts content.
We’ve moved the ferns indoors and have hung the bells on the two entry doors while snow covers the fields and lawns. It’s winter, settled in and cold, before Thanksgiving this year. And I’m liking it. The early darkness is not so great again, but that’s why we gather up tapers by the dozen. What’s nicer than lit candles while baking or reading on a snowy, cloudy day? There’s the blinds routine again: pull them down by five in the evening, and back up again to greet the morning. I enjoy this too, of setting the scene for evening and morning in our home.
Amy bought a cabinet that ended up being too big for the space, so she brought it to me. I cannot turn down such beauty. Why, it’s perfect for heirloom plates and lights and things and old books and whatever strikes my fancy. In the end, I think it’s going to be for books in the Stone House library I’ve been dreaming about.
Here’s a thankful list again.
- Elv hasn’t had a heart episode for two months. Praising the Lord for each day. He seems to be back to normal.
- All the medical bills are paid. It’s starting to seem like we get to close that chapter of our lives. What a haul that was!
- Sometimes Thanksgiving time feels a little extra-like. This is one of those years for me.
- David wrote psalms about God having the last laugh which makes me smile. I heard a real life story about that happening again here in my neighborhood. I have to tell you that no matter what impossible details are in the way, God can get through to doing His work. I’m hugely comforted by this.
- Of course, it’s time again for Christmas carols and songs and cantatas and programs.
- And for a smaller, but still large print CSB Bible for church. We’re reading in Hebrews for our evening devotions and chapter two, verse ten came clearer. Here it is in the familiar KJV. Hebrews 2:10, KJV: For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. I really like this, too. Here’s the CSB: 10 For in bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was entirely appropriate that God—for whom and through whom all things exist—should make the pioneer[a] of their salvation perfect through sufferings.(A) Elvs older CSB says ‘source’ . Captain, pioneer, source.
- And for the instructions in the forty-sixth psalm to stop your fighting because the Lord of Armies is with you. Somehow it makes a lot of sense to me to let the Lord of Armies do the fighting.
Now it’s time for me to get this place ready for a Thanksgiving dinner. We’re rich and blessed. Considering those people suffering war and famine, I believe we ought to stay grateful and humble. There’s no real reason to think we’ll always escape these sufferings ourselves.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, my friends.