Thanksgiving is unique among holidays. It is not a religious holiday in quite the same sense as Easter and Christmas. But we render the day meaningless if we fail to give thanks to God for all our blessings. Neither is the day like Independence Day in marking the founding of our nation. Rather it marks the day of the founding of a spirit that is special to America—that of a spirit of gratitude.
Three years ago I found myself sitting in my car in a parking lot on a Friday night. I knew I needed to get out of the car and go in but I was afraid. I was also desperate, and that night I let desperation win. I got out, walked across the parking lot and pulled the doors open. I was greeted by the distant sound of people singing. I made my way across the lobby, and into the sanctuary where I quietly slid into the back row. Before the first song ended I was fishing tissues out of my purse to try to stop the flow of tears. For the first time in a long time I felt safe.
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This morning as I drove into work, I dropped by husband off at work (he is a Rogers postal carrier) and drove into my office. As usual, I turned on the radio to KLRC. Within moments, "Before the Morning" by Josh Wilson came on. This song touched my heart and really connected with me. My mother was diagnosed with cancer just weeks before my wedding this past Labor Day, and since we first learned how serious her condition was in August, we've seen her really struggle with chemo and health conditions that have just plagued her body. Through it all, we've been able to keep our faith in our Lord. Even when I think about all that she's gone through, and all that is to come, I don't know how my mother stays faithful and hasn't become bitter. She has a long, long way to go, and we've had one setback after another. She was originally diagnosed with a ruptured appendix and the doctor refused to remove it for seven weeks. He had no idea that the appendix was full of a rare cancer and during those seven brutal weeks of drain tubes, the cancer was seeding in her colon and lymph nodes.
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Please pray for my family. I have had some health issues and the medical bills are sometimes just overwhelming. Please pray that my husband and I can find some financial guidance in being able to pay these bills and get back on track financially. Also please pray for my husband as he has worked hard at his job as a CNA for the past 7 years but has trouble with knees and back. He wants to continue in a job that he can still serve the elderly but one that isn't so hard on his knees and back. Thank you and God bless.
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Please pray for the reconciliation of my marriage. There has been major betrayal and long time infidelity. It shattered my heart. I am trying very hard to give it to God and am trying to be proactive. My spouse wants to fix it too. This is the hardest thing I have ever faced.
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