Just a few reflections on thanksgiving as we have gotten more settled this week.
I’m thankful for Michelle (not real name), who each day faithfully cleans our office along with the rest of the building. Thanks to her, my desk will never be dusty. We do not always understand each other but she has a big smile that is contagious. She is a diligent worker and reminds me of the kind of servant employee I would like to become.
I’m thankful for electricity. In Port-au-Prince, the city’s grid gives on average 10 hours of power a day; more on some days and less on others. When the city electricity suddenly goes out at home, the lights may flicker but remain lit thanks to battery invertors that are connected to our apartment. Sensing that the grid has temporarily “given up”, they automatically kick on. We can always tell when this happens because a heavy, monotonous buzzing sound accompanies the invertors. Relying on candles, cell phone backlights, or perhaps a flashlight after dusk is common for many in Haiti including many in our neighborhood. To learn more about electricity in Haiti read this really interesting article.
I’m thankful for community. Martha and I are a long ways from many friends and family who make up our community, but we are reminded often of those strong relationships. Even while in Haiti, because of the wide world web (what an amazing invention!), we are able to receive words of encouragement and truth from people all over the world. This morning actually the first email I read was from a friend reminding me about hope from the book of Ephesians. “..I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you..” Our community is getting larger as we build new relationships even in these first few weeks in Haiti, and for that I’m also thankful.
I’m thankful for the World Concern Haiti family. They have welcomed with us open arms and have shown great patience as we struggle through language and learning about a new place. I’m also thankful for them because I have seen how they exhibit the same amount of grace and love to those we walk alongside and serve. It is encouraging to see how they take great care of these people who have endured so much. There is both meekness and power in how they minister.
What do you have to be thankful for today?