Friday’s Fave Five #54

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

I’m heading off to a ladies’ retreat is a little while but wanted to post some very special blessings of the week.

Some of you know that we live near Edmonton, Alberta. We are five hours south of Fort McMurray, where horrendous wildfires have damaged or destroyed much of the city and surrounding area.

A young couple from Fort Mac were looking forward to their wedding this month. They, like almost 90,000 other people, evacuated their homes to wait out the fire in the Edmonton area. Then they learned that they (and thousands of other people) had lost everything to the raging inferno. Everything except the Lord, each other, and a promised future together. They didn’t want to wait any longer and decided to get married right away.

The couple were married by their own pastor last night in a simple backyard ceremony The community joined together to provide many of the things the couple would need to marry. Here’s the story:

So today I am grateful for joy in the midst of sadness.

I am also proud to be an Albertan. People all across the province are reaching out to those in need, housing strangers, driving gas and water to those stranded while fleeing the fire, donating to the Red Cross, providing food, clothing and temporary shelter to many who have lost their earthly goods.

I am also grateful for the many firefighters and other officials who are working tirelessly to try and preserve as much of Fort Mac and other surrounding communities as possible in the face of an ever-growing fire. I am grateful for firefighters and other workers who have come from other provinces (and maybe even other countries) to lend a hand.

I am grateful today for my family. One of my daughters had surgery yesterday and had a good sleep last night. The rest of the family, and many friends have helped, encouraged, and supported her.

I am grateful for the earthly goods God has entrusted to me. In light of the unexpected loss so many have endured, I pray I will be more focused on a godly stewardship of all my ‘things.’

I am grateful for the one thing which never can be taken away, burned up, stolen or changed, my salvation from sin through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

Last week not much of this was on my horizon. Certainly not the terrible fire. We don’t know what a day will bring forth. Find the blessings in your life and be thankful for them.

5 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five #54

  1. I’ve seen some of the photos – can’t imagine the devastation. That’s so sweet about that couple. Glad your daughter’s surgery went well. Agree so much with your thoughts in the paragraphs about being a steward of our earthly goods and being glad for the eternal things that cannot be lost.


  2. Yes, God has blessed us abundantly and sometimes we can’t see it until disaster strikes. So glad people are reaching out to each other!

    Thanks for sharing the sweet story about the couple.! They might be poor in earthly goods right now but they sound rich in faith, family and friends. They will be okay.


  3. I read about the devastation. It sounds awful but what a lovely positive thing the wedding was. I’m glad you can see the good in things and that your daughter is ok. Enjoy your retreat.


  4. Yes! I’ve been reading about the fire (having been personally affected by one in SoCal two years ago) and praying for all involved–people who have lost their homes and possessions and the firefighters especially. This is a stark reminder that things really don’t matter.
    I hope you enjoyed the retreat.


  5. What a good post in the midst of the horrid devastation. But in all the awful comes the wonderful stories of people stepping up and precious babies being born in the midst of the fleeing.


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