This is a challenge for me, but for the next 6 days I will try to post something I am thankful for. I'm not inspired by the challenge to do so going on over on Facebook, but because I heard Barbara Rainey talk about 7 specific topics to discuss with your family on the week leading up to Thanksgiving day last week on Family Life Today.
Tonight, I thought I would make a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up fixins for dinner. Well, there was a deaf couple ahead of us, in the check out line, using WIC checks. Unfortunately, everything they chose to buy did not match what was allowable on the WIC check. As everyone behind me bailed out of the line, I was forced to stand there and wait...I was to wait so that I could give thanks in everything.
Joseph (5 years old) was with me and he was very patient, he never complained once, this whole ordeal took over 35 minutes. To top it off the cashier was new and needed help everystep of the way...even the manager was frustrated. What I found thankful in the whole situation was that the cashier knew enough sign language to communicate the problems to the couple and they rectified it by many trips back to the food aisles. Joseph watched their every move with great intent. I so desperately wanted to throw my stuff back into the cart and try another check-out, but I didn't want to send the wrong signal to Joseph that because the couple had the challenges of not being able to hear that I should be rude and frustrated because they were different.
The mangers and cashier profusely apologized for the delay and I expressed to them that it wasn't a problem. I was just thankful that my son and I got to watch a cashier learn something new and we were blessed to watch a hearing impaired couple interact with each other, their baby and others first hand.
Around this time last year, I was sifting through the remains of my Grandmother's house that was totalled in a fire. I was thankful that she was alive and well and that she loved me so much that she kept, EVERYTHING I ever gave her. Here's a soda bottle covered in masking tape and painted with shoe polish with decoupaged school photos.
In everything give thanks,
for this is God's will for you
in Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:18