Thursday February 19, 2009
When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. Ecclesiastes 5:19-20.
Tomorrow we attend the funeral of the husband who committed suicide last week. In some ways a fitting end to our visit to England. The work has been heavy but is finally winding down—the next folk have an empty house for three weeks! This visit has finally assuaged our nostalgia for the old country—we are feeling all the reasons we decided to emigrate in the first place. The traffic is horrendous and we are only just beginning to feel warm as the weather here warms up. Oh to be in Canada to feel warm again!
That is not to say this visit has not been enjoyable. Meeting up with the great folk we got to know a year ago; perhaps visiting for the last time and wrapping up our desire to see the places of our younger days; mingling with what is now a different and dogged culture, and above all the reunion with so many of our family on old and familiar soil; all this has been a experience with memories for a lifetime.
This truly has been a gift of God. To find the joys in the mundane and often difficult areas of life is a gift of God. We do indeed have wealth and possessions compared with most of the world, but to enjoy them when so many don’t: this is a gift of God. To have those special happy times together is also a gift of God. Whatever we make of it, life is a gift of God.