Monday, January 12, 2009

Thanksgiving

I'm sorely overdue for a post, and I can't catch up on everything that has happened in the past 3 months, so I'll just touch on a few highlights. The Lord blessed us south siders with an abundance of food on Thanksgiving. Initially, we were not sure if there was going to be left over food after the feast, but at the end of the meal, which fed around 40 people, we had plenty to spare. Annie and I made plates of food to give to folks who we thought might not have much for Thanksgiving. One lady, who we had met a few weeks earlier popped into both our minds; her living situation is a tough one and she sometimes doesn't have enough food. John and I took a big plate of leftovers over to her house that night. We knocked on her door several times and there was no answer; neither of us wanted to leave the food outside and it looked like someone was home so we kept waiting. Eventually the woman came out, and invited us onto her porch. She was delighted to see us, and when we gave her the plate of food a huge smile spread across her face. She immediately began to praise the Lord as she explained to us she had been sick all day and wasn't able to go anywhere for Thanksgiving. She had asked the Lord several times that day for a Thanksgiving plate but as the day got later the chances of one showing up got slimmer and slimmer. Her boyfriend was gone somewhere for dinner and she did not expect him to bring any food home; she had been eating chicken noodle soup that day. She exclaimed out loud, "Thank you Lord! You are so good, you ALWAYS hear me and take care of me." She kept saying over and over again, God is so good, God is so good." This woman has amazing faith in the Lord; We are blessed to witness Jesus taking care of her, even in a small thing like a plate of food. The Lord put this woman on our minds for a plate of food; we didn't know she was asking for a Thanksgiving dinner, but Jesus has her on his mind all the time and worked the whole thing out. Praise Him!

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