Recently a past pupil of mine said that he and friends were challenged to discover ten things they were thankful for in 2016.It made me think of how fortunate we are to have the freedom to live where we chose, to go where we can and to worship God in our own way. Below are some ways I am thankful at the end of my eightieth year.
- First,I have a safe home in Canada, a beautiful peaceful country when so many from Syria or Iraq are still refugees and suffering in make-shift tents or facing violence in their countries.
- Secondly, I am most thankful for a kind loving husband who has always helped bring up our children and sown constant love for two grandsons and a great grand-daughter.He often cooks,cleans and chauffeurs us to to concerts. We share the same interest in classical music and enjoy reading. How fortunate I am to be living with such a kind man.
- Strong family contacts and thoughtful friends have enriched my life. Good friends at Church and nearby share so much with me. I am grateful for the love of, and constant contact with, my cousins around the world because we share so much.
- In Canada , we have good medical care and physiotherapy when we need it. We have skilled specialists and , if the need is urgent, care is there for us.
- Classical music is a major part of our lives; we have continued to enjoy the wonderful concerts by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. The smaller ensembles play in a more intimate concert s, near our home and in December, we will hear the glorious Messiah by Handel again.
- The CBC radio is an important part of our daily life. We are avid news listeners seeking information about politics, science, books and ideas. We also enjoy good dramas and documentaries on TVO and PBS too.
- Reading opens so much of the world to us as well as being a great source of entertainment. Having needed cataract operations, I value my eyesight, not only to read, but also to see faces of people I love and marvel at the wonderful skies as the sun sets.
- In fact, having our senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell as one ages, is an asset. Enjoying good food, holding a new baby and stroking a beloved pet delights us.Through all our faculties, God has enriched daily life in so many ways.
- I am thank ful for a good education and the chance to keep on learning through travelling, by reading and recently,through the internet.Travelling has been a big part of our lives for over 56 years. We have experienced life in Malaysia, in Australia and Germany as well as in Canada.It has enriched our children's lives as well as ours and kept us in touch with family around the world.
- I value most of all, the freedom to worship and opportunities to volunteer in my church and for Hospice. As a Christian, I can witness for Jesus without fear; I can pray for others when I visit the hospital, I can choose the books I read and what I write about in my books.When I considered how blessed my life has been, there are easily ten reasons I'm grateful for living in 2016.
How about you? I challenge you to think of ways your life has been blessed.