Sunday, November 18, 2012

Have some Cranberries and Pumpkin pie for Us

This next week is Thanksgiving in the States. Here it is another day to work and go to school. Terry and I will be celebrating with our Sim family Wednesday.We will travel to Gonzanama which is about an hour away over some pretty awesome mountains. I will be sure to take my over the mountains medication.

This morning Terry was sick so he wasn’t able to go to church service. I was so tempted to stay home with him. You see I would have to do some things that I normally don’t do on my own. I would have to go to church on my own. I have ridden the bus on my own to church but he has always been there to meet me. I would have to sit in the service by myself, ride the bus home by myself go to the grocery store after church by myself.


If I had not gone to church this morning I would have missed some lessons, like don’t stand in front of the bus door after getting in, don’t put your hand on the rail next to the door that you shouldn’t be standing next too, ouch, don't be surprised when a sweet little old lady puts her arms around you to keep her balance in a crowded bus. Also, just because it is a national holiday and no one else is paying bus fare doesn’t mean I won’t have to. I am sure there would have been more lessons if I had gone on to the grocery store after church but I chickened out. 

Terry and I want to thank you for your support and prayers. We are thankful for each of you. Know that we are your hands and feet here in Loja. All of you have a wonderful time of fellowship with family and friends. Please eat some cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie for us. The picture above is not the bus I was on today.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thoughts on a Piece of Candy

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I was helping in Sunday school today and one of the teachers passed out candy to each of the children. The candy was inexpensive and each child was given a different kind. Not one of the children said I want that one or complained about the candy given. Not one child asked another to exchange what they had. Each child was happy with the candy given him. 

I had to think of the times that I have been given a gift and thought, hey I wanted something else or that other person got something better or different from me. Thoughts of ungratefulness. Oh how ungrateful I have become. 

Watching the children I couldn’t help thinking later about my thankfulness and my ungratefulness. How did I become so ungrateful, is it because I have so much and that I just take it all for granted. 

My prayer today
Dear God make me like those children. In the small things make help me to be grateful and in the large things help me to be grateful. And God if I can’t be grateful take my toys away so that I will understand what being grateful feels like again.