Thursday, December 22, 2011

Former days...

A missionary friend recently sent me, along with some other fellow missionaries, this verse from Ecclesiastes 7:10 - "Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this." My friend went on to remind us that although it is easy for us to get down during the holidays and remember the "former days" it is not wise to do so. I find myself really missing my boys, who are now grown and living back in America. I remember Christmases gone by and miss not being together.  However, I'm going to CHOOSE to be thankful and content.

I thought it might be good to remind ourselves of things we can be thankful for as we celebrate our Saviour's birth in our respective mission fields. Here are a few of the things I'm thankful for:

1.  In Africa we don't have to hustle and bustle about preparing for the holidays so have more time for family.
2.  I'm thankful that people include my children living in America in their Christmas celebrations.
3.  I'm thankful that I can be a part of sharing the Good News with people that have never heard before.
4.  I'm thankful for the special Christmas money supporters send that show they are thinking of us, and allow us to enjoy special treats.
5.  I'm thankful for the missionary community that comes together and helps us have a sense of family away from "home."

I'd love to read the things that you are choosing to be thankful for this Christmas season!

Written by: Tammy Brouwer in Tanzania


Chris, Carole, and Clan said...

I'm thankful for the slow paced life up here so we can enjoy Christmas without all the hustle and bustle.

I'm thankful for a warm house and healthy children and all the joy that comes with littles and Christmas!

I'm thankful for our saved native friends who open their home and family to us for Christmas.

I'm thankful for so many other things, but those are a few at the top of the list! :-)

Jolene said...

I am thankful for all Carole mentioned...

...and salvation...

...and the joy to serve our wonderful Saviour...

...and a warm home to enjoy it all in!