Thankfulness in the Storm = 2020

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Here I sit with hours left in 2020 and am once again amazed that another year has come and gone as quickly as it has. Who would have known at all that the celebrations for New Years Eve 2019 that we would have been faced with a pandemic into 2020 that would have gripped the entire world as it has? That answer to that question is…. no one has. The day that the W.H.O. announced that Covid-19 was officially declared as a pandemic, March 11, 2020, put many in shock, while others just thought it was a passing problem for countries other than theirs. My thoughts that day? What IS a pandemic, how will it affect US? We live in Canada after all and have all the modern technology to work through so many medical mysteries, surely we will be fine.

As of Dec 31, 2020 according to several news sources, in 217 countries and territories there are 83.4 million cases and 1.8 million who have died from this ravaging virus. Stop for a minute if you will…. see the number 1.8 million as lives and not numbers. Each number represents a family and friends that this December will be clinging to memories of New Years past with those they no longer have in their lives. Don’t let the number just become a statistic. Remember and mourn for them… or … for you… if you are one such family. Know my heart has carried you and at times the warmth of my tears have flowed down my face with ache for your loss. My prayers have been to God on your behalf for comfort and peace as you walk through these times.

Even through the pandemic maze we walk each day, there are things that we can find to focus on that will bring thanksgiving and a glimmer of joy. People have learned to communicate differently and have learned a new sense of gratitude for the medical profession, the clerks in the stores, the garbage personnel and many more. We appreciate sunshine differently and even gaze at the snow on the hilltops to find wonder in nature. When the weather was warm you would see many more people outside walking, riding bikes or gardening. Being at home more has made us all appreciate having a home to be in and given us an new appreciation for this country we call home.

Casting Crowns has a song that has many times resonated in my heart throughout this year. “Praise You in This Storm”. Not only has the pandemic hit us all hard in 2020, but it has kept me away from my 100 year old Dad and that has been much harder than I could have even imagined. Our family is in our own personal storm and sometimes breathing feels too much to do through my broken heart. Yet, I still believe that my hope for our world, for our family lies in the arms of the one I call Saviour… Jesus. The lyrics to “Praise You in This Storm” rings over and over and over in my mind. Especially the chorus……

I’ll praise You in this storm

And I will lift my hands

For You are who You are

No matter where I am

And every tear I’ve cried

You hold in Your hand

You never left my side

And though my heart is torn

I will praise You in this storm

Photo Credit. Heartbeats House Photography

Whatever storm you have been through or are in this New Years Eve, please know that there is a Heavenly Father who loves you and sees you and wants to help carry you. We can’t understand why He doesn’t just stop it all, or reason why so many have suffered. I have walked and talked and pondered and cried with a pleading heart why He doesn’t change our personal storm. I had to stop wondering and just rest my faith in God that He will work through these storms in His way and His time.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,

the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Having faith doesn’t mean understanding or knowing the why’s of life in general or life in 2020, but it does mean that we can enter 2021 with the hope and the knowledge that we are loved by the very God that gave us breath. He is our hope and promise for future. If you want to know more of what I believe and why I believe what I do, let me know I would love to share that with you.

From my family to yours, I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! May you feel the hand of blessing and hope rising in your life into this New Year…. 2021.

Hugs n Prayers

Jackie

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