This time last year, I had no idea the storm that was about to surround me.
Sure, there were rumblings of thunder in overdraft fees and bills we were struggling to pay.
And, winds starting to blow as I lacked passion for my work.
But I had no idea.
And as the storm raged throughout the summer, there was the doubt and guilt that I shouldn't be feeling the way I was. What was really wrong in my life? I was healthy; in a strong marriage; with a job. Nothing compared to what others in my life were facing. Suddenly there was lightening and pelting rain.
And prayer. More prayers than I've ever prayed in my life.
Now, there is a peace.
And prayer. Prayers of praise.
God is good. He was good a year ago. He was good throughout my storm. And He continues to be good.
I have learned and grown so much.
And Sunday during Mass, I made a point to pray a prayer of praise and gratitude. And I made a mental note to write my praise here.
Life happened and I forgot.
And tonight I was reminded. And given a new perspective. And reminded of my closing thoughts from late summer.
So, today, I am grateful for the calm in the storm. But, I am also grateful for the storm itself. And in the next season of rain, I will pray for rain.
What in your life are you grateful for? What in your life are you grateful for, that may be causing you pain?