This past week began for many with fear and trepidation.
For some of us touched by Hurricane Sandy, the forecast was fierce compared to the wind, rain, and snow that actually pelted our homes. For others of us, the toll was unimaginable. My heart goes out to all those affected. I cannot imagine being without electricity, water, or heat for a week, or being displaced from my home and facing the ordeal of clean up and renovation or demolition and rebuilding.
Together, let’s pray hard for continued protection, provision, strength, wisdom, and joy for those needing relief, in the days and weeks ahead. And for those ministering that relief as well.
Many of us are not in the position to lend a hand, physically, in the relief efforts. However, if you are able to free up funds, The Longaberger Company is happy to take donations to the American Red Cross for you and Longaberger will match your donation! You can make a donation through my online shop: Longaberger Lifestyle if placing an order (just enter the amount you wish to donate at check out), at any Longaberger at home® showroom, by calling Customer Care at 740-322-7800 or by sending a check made payable to the American Red Cross and mailed to The Longaberger Company, Attn: Customer Care, P.O. Box 3400, Newark Ohio, 43058-3400.
As many struggled in the aftermath of Sandy, I continued to spend time cozying up my home with some fresh paint, rearranging furniture, giving things a thorough cleaning, and feathering my nest. While I enjoyed almost every moment (my arms were so tired I think they hung to the floor), there was a sadness in my heart as I prayerfully considered those whose lives were severely disrupted in inconceivable ways. Life is not fair. My week was full of so much goodness. Many times I might have recognized the good…but the weight of all the goodness was felt so much more this week. I have walked through difficult days in the past. Maybe my experience, coupled with an acute awareness of such great loss, helped me to appreciate the goodness in my week. And that somehow, inexplicably, produces joy.
Do times like this get you thinking about the goodness of so much that we take for granted every day?
How can I not be filled with gratitude?
Will you join me in counting just seven, from the many gifts of this past week?
- The brightness & invisibility of new white woodwork.
- A warm dry house.
- The satisfaction that comes from hard work.
- Thoughtful sharing by someone who hardly knows me.
- Silly Spidery fun!
- The laughter of friends around the table.
- To be in community – led in humble worship.
Now, it’s your turn! Please scroll down the “Share Your Thoughts” below and share your seven.
Joy will come.
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