I Give Thanks
I have so many reasons to give thanks today. I am a grateful beneficiary to 3600 additional seconds of sweet slumber. Yes indeed, I fell back on my down feathered pillow and enjoyed every morsel of sweet sleep my God granted. I awoke to the sun’s amber rays seeping through my blinds with its desire to touch the silhouette of my face. The warm embrace of my husband’s chilled signaled the beginning of another Sunday. It is a Sunday where as the Tri-Cities church community we gather together in worship for worship to our God. We sing, we praise, we pray, we give thanks. We celebrate!
I stop. I listen. I send silent whispers of Thank You’s to heaven for a horse, a cop, and three musketeers:
I say thank you for Hammer – Gillian’s riding horse who helped her get over her fear of heights and infused her with a confidence to lead and teach even in the midst of some limitations. You see Gillian is autistic and knows it yet vouches each day to live beyond the expected. Hammer was laid to rest this week but today, we paused to give thanks.
I say thank you for Jimmy – A cop, who a year ago today was brought to his knees literally. He was hit by a motorist while escorting a funeral procession by motorcycle:
‘One year ago on this day, James Smith survived! Yes, a day I won’t soon forget. You see, Jimmy was involved in an accident on I-20 that should have claimed his life. Jimmy is a police officer and he was escorting a funeral on his motorcycle like he did every weekend. But that day was different…that escort was different. He led the line of cars onto the I-20 ramp and then sped up to reach the top of the pack on the interstate. A car in the procession wasn’t paying attention and veered into the left lane, Jimmy’s lane. Traveling at speeds of 60-70 mph, Jimmy was thrown from his bike and into the car in front of him. He tumbled over the car and onto the interstate. As you all know, I-20 is the last place you’d want something like this to happen. But He survived! He was injured for sure, severing every tendon in his left knee but he survived!! It was nothing short of a miracle. I believe God caught Jimmy that day and I believe God has been hugging him tight ever since. Jimmy, this is a day to celebrate! You’ve been an example to us to never give up and a constant reminder that God is walking with us all.’ – Alix Jones
A daredevil and one who I would never dare mess with. He shared great words of wisdom expressing that he knows now that
From a wheelchair a year ago and now standing before a congregation echoing songs of worship. For his life and another chance, we pause to give thanks.
THE 3 MUSKETEERS:
I say thank you for the three Phillips’ Musketeers: Madisyn, Micah, and Allison. They were a joy to have around today. They in total reverence paused themselves to pray before we ate lunch. They informed me of how I can better make my home more kid-friendly to ensure that they return again to play. They updated me on the latest in pop music according to Kid’s Bop and the plot behind the Disney Movie of the Year, ‘Frozen‘. I now know who ‘Bo on the Go’ is. They sang, they laughed, they danced and for them, I give thanks.
What are you thanking God for today?