Where do I begin? I woke up Saturday morning to the shrill ringing of our phone. My mom called to tell me that our dinner plans might have to change. We have some family friends vacationing from the US and I invited them over for dinner. There was a conflict in schedule and they couldn’t make it after all. But if I can accommodate them for lunch, they were free to come over. For a moment, my sleepy brain couldn’t process the information well and for a while, I thought, my roasted chicken will not be ready for lunch. But then I was reminded that seeing them far outweighs my readiness to serve a good lunch. So I called back my mom to say that yes, lunch would be great. And so the rush to prepare lunch started. I had my planned menu ready, well almost, by the time our guests arrived. It was a joy to see ate Eileen and her family, after 25 years! I was still in grade school when she relocated to the US. I know she came over for a visit about a decade ago but for some reason, I didn’t get the chance to see her then. Her kids are all grown up (And I feel so old!)! How did that happen? So anyway, I am so very thankful for happy reunions like this. I’m also grateful to see how God has worked in her life, how her family members are all active in Church, and how they are being used to touch the lives of others. God is good!

Sunday night, Ariel and I watched a movie with my brother and sis-in-law. We were supposed to meet at the theater but we bumped into each other at dinner so we decided to just share a table. It was a rare experience to go out with them so I am grateful for the opportunity. I think we should do it more often.

I am grateful that I am able to consistently work out and stay active in the past four months. I thank the Lord for sustaining me throughout the process of embarking in a healthy and active lifestyle. I am also grateful for the support of family and friends, and for the help of my personal trainer.

Our helper, Malou, is leaving us after more than six years. She has decided to return home and be with her family. I am grateful for her service, for making our day to day life a little bit easier, for her loyalty and reliability. I am thankful that the Lord has given us a helper that we could trust and rely on. It’s very difficult to get one like her, so I am extremely grateful. We are praying to get a replacement soon. Hoping that she will be just as good, if not better.

I am also thankful for my parents’ good health. Thankful that my dad’s blood sugar and hypertension are under control. I am thankful for his doctors. I am thankful for the Lord’s continuous provision and for sustaining him. I am thankful for my mom’s health, for keeping her strong physically, emotionally and spiritually. I am thankful that I have them around and that I feel their love for me, Ariel, my brother Emman, and sis-in-law Ems every day.

I am thankful for my job. It’s a bit challenging at times but I am grateful to have a steady source of income in this time of uncertainty.
I am thankful for my hobbies. They keep me sane. They hone my creativity. They give me joy.

I am thankful for so many things and I just bring back all glory to our Lord Jesus. Without Him, there is nothing to be thankful for.

Written by Alby Laran

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