Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Psalm 105:1
Eight years ago a dear friend of mine from my high school years went home to be with the Lord. She was a delightful person who in spite of being dealt a pretty rough hand in life managed to be one of the most authentically positive people I knew (a truly unique find during my teen years).
She spent her final years battling a rare and painful disease. I remember praying as I drove to visit her in the hospital, asking God to help me be an encouragement to my friend. I also remember crying as I drove home because she ended up blessing me.
(Are you confused by the post title? Hang on, I'm getting there.)
At her funeral my friend's family included an insert with the program. It was a copy of a portion of my friend's "thank you" list. Every day, in spite of the pain, she wrote down something she was thankful for. The list included the big stuff like God's presence and the love of her family as well as the little things that brought her happy moments like chocolate chip cookies and People magazine.
I've been thinking about my friend a lot lately and have come up with a way to honor her memory. Every Saturday on this blog will be "Thank You List" Saturday where I'm going to post about at least one of the blessings (both big and small) God has given me. I'd love to hear about your blessings so please, play along at home.
Now, for our first installment of "Thank You List" Saturday:
I am thankful for...
The memory of a friend whose life was cut way too short by human standards, but by honoring Jesus during her earthly life continues to be a blessing while she's lives her eternal one.
And, like her, I'm also thankful for chocolate chip cookies and People magazine.