Today I am remembering to be thankful for heat. I am prompted to be thankful for this because today....we don't have heat! We picked the worst winter day so far to have our AC and furnace replaced (crazy tax credit motivation) and it's a bit chilly in the house. However, even though it's been 6 hours since the heater was running, the house is a nearly reasonable 61 degrees, which is definitely cooler than I'd choose...seeing as my toes are cold and my nose is cold, BUT...it makes me think of those people (including many in Loudoun county) who don't even have this much luxury. There are plenty of people who are homeless or who cannot afford to heat their homes above 60 degrees within only miles of my house.
And while it may be cold and snowy today, at least this is not the view out my front door. See that black spot between the tree branches? Yeah...that would be the top of the mailbox as we saw it (or rather didn't) on February 6th of this year.
So, while we run our gas fireplace and I bake bread and ham and drink hot tea to stay warm, I am thankful to be abundantly blessed, and thankful that we are blessed to be able to share of our abundance with those who have less. May we each watch for opportunities to touch someone's life for the better this Christmas season. To meet a need...and then share our Hope.