"Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by Thy help I've come."
Several years ago, while singing that line from the familiar hymn "Come Thou Fount," I realized I had no idea what those words meant. I decided to ask the pastor after the service, and he explained that an Ebenezer ("a stone of help") is a monument to the Lord, acknowledging that He has led and helped us thus far. I love that! What an appropriate image as we transition to a new year.
Eric and I spent some time last night reflecting on 2008, specifically thanking God for these blessings to our family:
*The provision of Eric's job at the right time. He loves going to work each day, is no longer stressed, and is part of an amazingly supportive environment.
*This beautiful, cozy house. A year ago, even 9 months ago, I wouldn't have imagined we'd be in a home that perfectly met our criteria. Isn't God good?!
*Expecting a second child--a little girl. We praise the Lord that I've been pretty healthy so far and look forward to meeting our daughter soon!
*My dad's contentedness with his situation. His pain has decreased, and though none of us are glad about the diagnosis and many unknowns, I can see the good that has already come from such a challenge. We are much more aware of what is important. Our time together over the holidays was precious, and I can see that several relationships in our family have already been enriched during this past month.
*The opportunities I've been given to serve in ministry roles, as well as the 3 different part-time jobs that have been offered to me during this academic year. I'll be wrapping up the second job soon, and jumping right into the third, which will end in mid-February.
Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:5
Note: I'm making an exception today to my Thursday no-blogging rule, as I wanted to post this on January 1. I'll be back to "regularly scheduled programming" on Monday the 5th.