On Sunday, a fellow church member got a call that there was smoke coming from his house. After an investigation and call to the fire department, we were able to rejoice with him that nothing was lost! Who has an electrical fire in the attic and doesn’t lose anything?

I couldn’t help but think back to three years earlier, almost to the day, when a different friend experienced an attic fire, and we watched with them as their beautiful home burned to the ground, and we were able to rejoice with them that no one was lost.

Same story, two completely different outcomes. And God is good.

Why did the one lose nothing, but the other lose everything?

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Twenty-five years ago today, my parents rejoiced in the birth of their first son, but quickly discovered something was desperately wrong. An emergency flight to New Orleans and ten days later, their sweet son had a new heart, safe in the arms of Jesus.

Fast forward one year to the day, and a daughter is born to them, healthy and breathing easy. And they rejoiced in this gift.

Same story, two completely different outcomes. And God is good.

Why was my brother only given ten days here, and I 8,760 and counting?

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God is beyond our understanding. He is His own counselor, and He does what He pleases. And He is good. We cannot always understand the why’s in any given situation, but we can know the Who.

Today I’m grateful for a home. A home with my family on earth, and a future home with my Savior in heaven.

Today I’m grateful for life. For life with my family on earth, and a future life in heaven with all of God’s family.

Today I give thanks to God for being Who He is–Sovereign. Merciful. Holy. Just. Kind.

Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness endures forever.

4 thoughts on “The Gift of Life

  1. You explained the heart of Thanksgiving well! It isn’t just choosing to be thankful for the things we enjoy but being thankful that in every situation we can give thanks because we know His goodness is always present and at work in our lives. Thank you for sharing this beautiful perspective. – ps. I really like the new blog layout.

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