And…”Thank you God for the roof over our head” my little Levi says in prayer. At dinner and bedtimes my boys take turns praying and as they go through their list of thanks to God–for trees, and toys, for healing a young boy of cancer, they always include gratitude for the roof over our head.
The first time I heard that prayer was from my husband. I had never heard anyone pray those simple words, but there isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t speak of this gratitude.
A simple unassuming thing. A Roof over our head, and food on the table–simple needs. if you have ever gone without, then you know.
Something taken for granted for many of us.
My husband was once homeless. Running from God and living a life of drugs and alcohol. This led to a life of wandering and never knowing where he would sleep or eat. Without hope for his future.
Today he is a redeemed man saved by grace, and is now passing on an attitude of gratitude to his children for a life changed by a Savior.
Out of tragedy has come triumph–and hope.
Today we have many reasons to be thankful. For some out there this season is dark. There could be financial struggles, depression, lost jobs, cancer looming and it can be hard to find reasons to give thanks.
I listen as my mom shares stories of feeding the homeless each Saturday at our church’s community meals. She tells me of those living in cars, needing firewood to keep themselves warm as they live without a roof over their head. Then, here I sit in my warm house and food on my table, and what do I have to give those in need?
What do we all have to give this season?
We have hope. The hope of a Savior who redeems us from anything we might be facing.
My mom takes the opportunity to shares Bibles and Jesus to the homeless, but after the meal is over those without a home must cling to the truth of God’s word and hear a message of hope for their future. I pray that we would have a heart of gratitude, pouring out the message of hope to the lost and weary this season. And may we be ever grateful for simple things–even the roof over our head.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11