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.