After my long and whiny rant on Facebook (about being tire of being sick), I decided I needed some perspective….
I am thankful for my husband who is taking care of me—and I pray that he will find relief from the pain that grips his knee every day, and that a way will be made for him to have the surgery he needs.
I am thankful for my mother-in-law who keeps my family fed most nights and has been picking up even more of the slack while I’m down (I usually at least clean up!)—and I pray that she will be comforted when she grieves and that her aches and pains will be relieved.
I am thankful that I have a job and paid time off—and I will pray for those who are looking for work to find a job that will not only feed their family, but will provide them a sense of purpose.
I am thankful for my bed that has allowed me to be (mostly) comfortable during this time—and I pray for those who don’t know where they will put their heads tonight (or tomorrow or the next day….)
I am thankful that the pneumonia is gone and my son has a clean bill of health—and I pray for those who are sitting with their loved ones in the hospital wondering if they will ever get to come home—or knowing that they will not.
I am thankful for health insurance that provides for the medical needs of my family (except John’s surgery)—and I pray for those who do not have insurance, or who have such high costs it makes it impossible to use, that a way will be made that will provide for their family—whether and increase in pay or a reduction in costs.
I am thankful for my house that keeps me warm when I need and cool when I need it (and blankets for when my husband or teenage son want it colder than I want it!)—and I pray for those who huddle together to try to stay warm that their needs will be met.
I am thankful for a refrigerator, freezer, and pantry that are full of foods for my family—and I pray for those who wonder where their next meal will come from that someone will be Jesus’ hand extended to feed them, and their long term needs will be met.
I am thankful for clothes to wear (that are smaller than the clothes I wore 2 years ago!)—and I pray for those whose clothes are tattered and worn that God will provide resources to help them have their needs met.
I am thankful for friends who are willing to help me with their professional expertise—including nurses, EMTs, and HR representatives—and I pray that they will be blessed in their jobs and that they will know that they are the hands and feet of Jesus when they serve others.
I am thankful for my home church that is helping me find and fulfill my unique purpose in this life—I pray that those who are looking for their purpose will be drawn to the One who created them.
I am thankful that I live in a country where I have the freedom to worship the God who made me—and I pray for the families of those who took a stand for Christ and paid the ultimate price—whether in Oregon or in a foreign land, that they will rest in the peace of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Finally, (for now) I am thankful that my illness, while bothersome, is temporary—and I pray for my friends who are dealing with (often) invisible illness that they will find strength for the day, joy in the moment, and peace to sustain them.
Copyright Julie Donahue, 2015