Iris at Grace Alone... wrote her Thankful Thursday post on life. It always gets me when someone else is writing about things that have been swirling around in my mind for a few days. Iris talks about a co-worker who passed away suddenly this last week and I have been thinking over the last few days about a colleague who came in the office on Monday to say it was time for him to go on disability. He's been living with cancer for the last couple of years, his diagnosis was terminal and the only good in all of it is he's lived longer than the doctors said he would.
We weren't meant for death so nothing feels "easy" about death. Ever. I've used the term myself but it seems off somehow to call it a "relief" when someone who has been suffering finally passes. It is good for suffering to end but death leaves such an ugly, gaping hole in our lives.
In all of that, there are still things for which I am grateful. I may not get the chance with this colleague but I am grateful for those people God puts in my life with whom I can share Him.
I am grateful for life itself. For all the beauty God creates and that He has created me an aware being, a capable being, a thoughtful being - I am able to enjoy what He offers me and I know He will offer me more when my life here is done.
I am thankful that when it is my time to die, I will not do it alone. Jesus has gone before me and stands by me always. He will be with me when my last breath here is breathed and will walk with me into heaven.
I am thankful that I will spend eternity with God.
I am thankful for all of my brothers and sisters in Christ who will share eternity with me. What a joyful, glorious time that will be when we spend all of our time together praising and glorifying God without the intrusion of sin, sorrow and satan.
This is a list I could probably work on all day long and still not finish. May you find a thousand things to be thankful for today. Have a blessed Thursday and don't forget to check out Grace Alone... for other Thankful Thursday posts.