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Topic: Thanksgiving (04/18/05)
TITLE: "The Good and The Bad"
By Tammy Bryant
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My life has been better than some and probably worse than most. For many years I was resentful and
angry. Wondering why some other people were blessed in so many ways and I was left to suffer in this
life I did not choose but was born into. I lived without my father growing up because he left when I was only three, I stood by as my older sister was malested, watched as my single mother tried to handle the job of raising three children alone, found out in my late teens that I had a younger brother (same mother, different father) who had been given up for adoption at birth, my grandmother who was a devoted christian woman suffered three long years after a third stroke left her without the ability to walk or talk or recognize any of her family and my mother....bless her now....repeatedly attempted suicide. Many times in our presence. I could go on but we do have a limit here.
I don't tell you these things to make you cry or feel sorry for me. I tell you because I am living, breathing proof that no matter how bad your life gets, no matter what you go through, no matter how much pain you have suffered.....there is a reason. I don't claim to know what God has in store for me or what his reasoning is for what happens in my life but I DO know that He loves me. He has loved me all my life. He loves me still. He has loved me through everything, the good and the bad. He has been ever present in my life. I was just to blind to see Him standing there. I am thankful that He loves me, I am thankful that He has made it so I....a true sinner....can have the chance to live in the light of eternity, I am thankful that I suffered through what I did because each step in my life led me to where I am now.
Where am I now? Well, my father is back in my life and just recently gave his life to Christ, my two older sisters and their husbands and families are also born again, my grandmother no longer suffers...she knows who we are and waits for us, my mother has also given her life to God and is one of the most stable people I know...she gives knew meaning to the phrase.."take up your cross and follow me." And we have been in contact with my younger brother for over 12 years now. It's like he was never away from us. Oh, by the way, he's a believer, too. I'm married to a wonderful christian man and I have three wonderful children, The oldest girl at 15 accepted Jesus as her saviour just last year. Talk about thankful!
Does the good in my past outweigh the bad....certainly not. Does the good in my life now outweigh the bad....sometimes. Will the good in my future outweigh the bad.....without a doubt....YES. Isn't it wonderful that your entire outlook on your past, present and future change when we allow God to touch our lives. We can be thankful for ALL the things that happen....good or bad. For that I am so very thankful.
"Thank you Father for your sacrifice, for you love and for all that you have taught me."
Isiah 9:17 (NIV) Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.
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