So I know that I am a little bit late on this post, but I’m going with the idea that it’s better to do it late than to never do it at all. With that in mind, here are some things for which we are so grateful this holiday season:
- Jesus – We are so blessed that we serve a God who loves and pursues us, regardless of how little we deserve that love. (We actually don’t deserve it at all; that’s why it’s a free gift!) We are grateful for the cross and the reconciliation that it has brought to us. We are excited to celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas season!
- Marriage – We are so grateful for the beautiful picture of the Gospel that we both get to see and display in our marriage. We are beyond thankful that God has given us this gift.
- Family – We have been blessed with two sets of family who love and support us in so many ways.
- Fairley – We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of this sweet little baby girl, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow as we become parents!
- Community and a Gospel-preaching church – We are so blessed that we are surrounded with Christian community here in NY from the people we work with every day to the friends that we share life with on a daily and weekly basis. We are also grateful for the church we attend and those who serve in it.
- Work – We are both so fulfilled in all the aspects of work that we are now doing, and we are so grateful that we get to be a part of what God is doing here in the city.
- Down Time – Since we don’t have a commute anymore, we really get to spend a lot more time together doing things we love like waking up early to take walks together through the park. (Ok, well, maybe I like this activity more than Freeman, but he lovingly goes along with it…)
- Support – We are so grateful for people who help encourage us and support us in our ministry here, even from as far away as Texas!
- Health – We are grateful for our health, especially during this time of expecting Baby Fairley.
Sooo…all that being said – we have so much to be thankful for and we want to make sure that we are a people who are expressing gratitude for all the great blessings God has given us in this life. We also want to be mindful, however, of what it means to love God more than we love the blessings he has given us. (Because if we love God only for the blessings he gives us, we might falter in our love for him when and if those blessings are removed.)
In the words of Oswald Chambers, I want to “[have] only simple, perfect trust in God— such a trust that we no longer want God’s blessings, but only want God Himself.” Then I will not be shaken when God withdraws his blessings because I will still have him – the greatest blessing of all.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let’s remember the words of the psalmist:
“YOU satisfy me more than the richest feast.” Psalm 63:5