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This is the concluding part of my thankful list. Till I started working on it, I hadn’t really thought of what I had and how I’m blessed I am. I’m grateful for this opportunity to reflect.
I’ve had more than my fair share of disappointments this year but I know God is still faithful so I remain hopeful that there’s something great in my future. 2016 has been more of a roller coaster ride; I’ve cried more than I’ve laughed, and I’ve worried more than I’ve smiled. But through it all, I’m still grateful for everything I’ve been through because I believe that all things are working out for my good.
I’m thankful for owning a Bible that I can pick up and read any time. It’s one of the possessions I really cherish and I’m grateful to have been born to Christian parents who showed me how gracious God is. Aside that, I love every well-written novel written under the sun. I love the ones in series like Harry Potter, Sword of Truth, yet to read the Game of Thrones books and a few others. Thank God for writers and books!
I’m thankful for the gift of feeling. Apart from the privilege to touch and feel things around me, I like the fact that I can feel different emotions, recognize them for what they are and deal with them accordingly. For having an active conscience to guide my thoughts and actions, I’m thankful. Some people have numb bodies and others have their conscience seared to their own detriment so I’m glad I can feel.
I’m not really a fan of taking photos but looking at my childhood photos, I can’t help but be thankful for how far I’ve come. For now, I think my favorite photo would be one family selfie we took one day after church. We were happy to be together and it showed in the photo.
I think luxury is relative in today’s world. One’s necessity is another’s luxury and vice versa. I don’t think I own anything luxurious. Maybe being in a family that can afford three square meals with snacks, living in a house owned by my parents, getting the opportunity to get the best of education so far and the best of all, being able to afford any craving I have at any point is the definition of luxury for me. Indeed, God has been good!
Apart from giving out my old clothes to a family which needed them, I haven’t done much of charitable work. I do dream of being in a position to help the vulnerable in society especially those with critical conditions in need of surgery and the needy and brilliant students. So help me God.
Oh I’m thankful for music! How smoothly could I be writing without music playing in my ears? I’ve a lot of favorite songs and that library gets updated with each new song I hear from my old goodie artistes as well as the new ones. I’m usually in love with all of Kirk Franklin’s songs. So I’m down with any good, thoughtful song produced.
I’m thankful for all the thoughtful gifts I’ve received from family and friends. From the watches I received from my dad and a good friend, a pocketbook from a dear friend back in high school, flat shoes from my sister and friend, I appreciate them all.
29. Something At Home
I’d say it’s the old radio in the kitchen I listen to whiles I work. It keeps me company and though it sometimes goes off and I have to slap the sides a number of times to get it talking again, I love that old piece. It’s just…homely.
30. What am I most thankful for?
I’m thankful for the gift of life, good health, family, friends, the gift of writing, daily bread, peaceful nation, God’s protection, mercies and grace. All that I have and grown to become is all due to God’s graciousness. Thank God for you reading this piece.
So I’m done! Thanks Mandy for the invite to take part in the challenge. It has reshaped my perspective on life. Thanks for reading and stay thankful!
© Josephine Amoako 2016