Thursday, November 22, 2012

Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good! His mercy endures forever. (1Chronicles 16:33)
I pray that somtime today you will have a moment to reflect on His goodness and mercy. I know sometimes that the preparation becomes so big that we cannot remember why we celebrate this wonderful day...

Of course, here in Guatemala there is no Thanksgiving celebration. Typically we invite whatever North Americans are in the area to celebrate with us. But this year there are none.... that we know of anyway. And only 4 of our 8 children can be here. So we have decided to invite our Guatemalan friends. As I was thinking about it, and trying to figure out how much of American history I wanted to share with them, I was struck by the similarity of our circumstances with those of the Pilgrams. Our reasons for being here are different but the actual celebration was to give thanks to God for His provision . And that provision and help came through friends who had come to the aid of these struggling settlers. So today, as we celebrate with a meal larger than many Guatemalans have seen, we will remember friends - whether here or in the US - who have helped us. May the awareness of His blessings overwhelm you today!

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