The season is upon us. It is hard to believe that we will soon be closing out this year. A year that has, on the surface, brought death, pain, and grief. A year that I will be glad to see close. So I sit and I try to find something…anything, to be thankful for and what I come up with is this.
My father died January 5 in my arms. I witnessed a five year old child being mauled nearly to death by a pit bulldog in March. My mother died May 26 in my arms. So how can anyone expect me to be thankful for anything?
I went back and reread some of the post I have made since beginning this blog in October of 2012 and I have come up with this revision of the past year.
I am thankful that my nephew has made a complete recovery from his near fatal automobile accident in October of last year. An accident that required brain surgery to save his life. He is now enjoying his freshman year at the University of Georgia and has no visible side effects from the surgery or the accident.
I am thankful that my father is free from the painful bonds of Parkinson’s Disease and is enjoying eternity with his new body. Run Daddy.
I am thankful that the good Lord used me as his instrument to pull the bulldog off of little Anthony so that he will have a chance to live his life. I am thankful for the doctors who not only saved Anthony’s life but my nephews also.
I am thankful for the opportunity to spend a week with my son who I haven’t seen in two years this past April. And I am thankful for the time he will be spending with me this holiday season.
I am thankful that my mother did not suffer a prolonged illness before her death. I am thankful that she has finally achieved her life long quest; to be in the presence of her precious Lord.
I am thankful that God saw fit for me to be the one holding my parents when they crossed over into His Glory and not some stranger in a nursing home or hospital. I am thankful for the opportunity to live and die in these beautiful mountains.
I read a paper that was referenced me by one of my in-laws that said that the human brain is hard wired for the negative. I tend to agree with that. But if we take the time and make a conscious effort to examine each situation as it stands alone we are able to find the positive.
Cumulatively this year has been filled with death, pain, and grief. Individually this year has been filled with miracles, freedom, reunions and glory….And I am thankful for that.