23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me,
On Friday evening two friends and I met to go to the movies. One of us had two free tickets to share and we'd decided to split the cost of the third ticket. Friday night came and a snowstorm hit. I drove slowly and nervously through it and waited for them at the Tim Hortons in nearby Cookstown. After a few minutes their car pulled in and they got out to get into mine. The friend with the tickets left them on the counter top at home as she rushed out, leaving behind her husband serving supper to the children--but undaunted we pressed on. We'd looked forward to this night out and nothing was going to deter us.
The movie we chose to see was entitled, "The Pursuit of Happyness,"--yes, that's "happyness" with a "y." It starred Will Smith and his small son in the movie was played by his real life 8-year-old son, Jayden.
One of my friends found it depressing--she thought there would be more happiness and not so much pursuit--but I loved the movie, which is based on a true story. It is a movie that has the potential to make you better on many levels. I won't spoil the movie for anyone who hasn't yet seen it, but for me, like the effect of a vivid dream, the feelings it stirred have lingered. Mostly it made me very grateful.
I've written here before about a blog written by a young British woman named Clare, where she simply lists three things that have given her pleasure each day. The address is www.threebeautifulthings.blogspot.com .
This morning, feeling so grateful for every thing, large and small, these are my three things:
- Waking up in a warm bed, with a soft pillow beneath my head
- Thinking back 40 years to a visit to Paul's grandparents in the south of England, and his "nan" bringing up a bowl and pitcher of warm water to my room in the morning to wash with, then turning on the shower and being rained on almost miraculously by an abundant supply of wonderful hot water.
- Coffee--delicious, hot, steaming, rich black coffee.
And this was just in my first hour awake! How about you? What are you grateful for?Ephesians 5:20 (New International Version)
20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.