What I’m thankful for this year:
- Abingdon Press. They gave me the chance to try my hand at fiction that makes a difference.
- Barbara Scott, who facilitated that opportunity, and encouraged me each step of the way.
- Chocolate. The darker the better. Yummmmm! And the hot cocoa my husband makes me every morning.
- Dad. 92 years old and still going strong!
- Eckert, Mrs. My best and most influential teacher. She always believed in me.
- Family. Three sisters and a brother. I love them all. And friends, too. Some of you are as close as family.
- God in control.
- Husband. What would I do without you, Dan?
- India. So many friends there. So many wonderful people!
- Jesus Christ, my Savior.
- Kiss. Of a friend, a child, a baby. Of my sweet husband.
- Lambs. I love them! Stuffed toys standing on my shelf, or real ones standing in the pasture.
- Modern day conveniences, like computers and cell phones and dishwashers and cars that drive (and park!) themselves.
- Names that roll around on my tongue, like Tallulah and Edwina and Ashish and Ethan.
- Offspring. Both of you. You bring such joy to my life.
- Partners International. What great work you do!
- Quakers Oatmeal. Nice and hot on a cold day, with raisins and brown sugar.
- Roses. Especially yellow ones, but any color. My husband does his best to keep one on my desk at all times.
- South Sudan. Newest country, greatest challenge, endless hope.
- Twinkle and Owen, our two sweet cats.
- USA. Yep, even in its current shape. I still would not want to live anywhere else.
- Valley Covenant Church. All of you.
- Writing. It’s a gift, a privilege, and a responsibility.
- Xylophone. I heard one at the symphony and thought of my mom. She always wanted me to play one. Hey, Mom, where could I even find such an instrument?!
- Young people. I love their energy, their determination, their impatience. I pray for their challenges.
- Zoos. Everywhere. I try to visit them in every country, and I love them all.
For all this and so very much more I give thanks, oh Lord.
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.”