This week is Thanksgiving Holiday here in the US and I just wanted to let my readers and followers that there will not be an author interview this week. I may post a book review for Friday, just depends on how holiday planning goes.
I’m currently beta reading for an author so I may not get any other books finished unless I use something I’ve finished recently and reviewed on Amazon and Goodreads or Smashwords.
This time of year we concentrate on family time and celebrating those things for which we are thankful. Certainly we should express our thankfulness more than just one day a year. But this time of year is a time when we share those thankful feelings with those we love and reaffirm the blessings we enjoy.
I think that maybe why God calls me to love His people, or more, it is how he prepared me to love His people, unconditionally. To have this purpose in my life is the greatest of blessings. Having the ability to love others, even the most unlovable, unconditionally, can only be done through personally knowing unconditional love. My heart fills with deep emotional gratitude for how blessed I am. At the same time I am deeply saddened at the plight of so many who have never known the unconditional love I’ve always had. My heart breaks for them. It can be hard to feel both those things at the same time and when I stop to reflect it always brings me to tears.
Everyday I am thankful for the blessings in my life. There are times, when I hear of or read of the difficulties that others experience in this life, that I am brought to tears realizing just how blessed I have been for all my life. I am loved. My God loved me so much, and everyone else, that He sent His Son to be my Savior from sin and eternal death. God has made sure that in this mortal life I have always been loved. I grew up in a loving home with parents that cared for and loved me unconditionally. I married a man who loves me deeply and unconditionally, my children are loving and close to me, my grandchildren run up to me for hugs and say, “I love you, Grandma.” My children’s spouses and my husbands family are affectionate and loving toward me. I have been blessed with an abundance of love in my life.
I may not be financially, or even as physically blessed as some, but thanks to a strong family support system I have never gone hungry, naked, or without a roof over my head. I grieve for those who are not as fortunate. My heart aches for the hungry, homeless, rejected, people of the world. My heart aches for those who lose loved ones to the ravages of disease, famine, and tragedy in this life. I don’t know why I was chosen to be so blessed and others have not. I wish I could take away their pain and suffering. But, that is why Christ came, to live and die on a cross to redeem mankind. Knowing Him helps to endure the harsh circumstances of a broken world and gives hope for eternal life where God Himself will wipe away every tear, where we will no longer have memories of evil, and where God’s justice will be perfect. My job is to show God’s love to others by loving them, unconditionally. No one has to accept my God for me to love them. No one has to believe as I do for me to love them. In all my interactions, in all my prayers, in all the opinions I have, I try to be a beacon of God’s love to the world. That is all I’ve been asked to do, that is what I want and try to do. For having a purpose, this purpose, I am forever thankful.
Blessings to all!