I am thankful. Thankful to have a safe dwelling place, and the people that make it home.
Psalms 90:1-2 Lord thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou are God.
According to a study found on national homeless .org, 1 in a 100 people will experience homelessness each year in the U.S.. Approximately 39% of that number are children. If a first world country has that high of a rate of homelessness, it must be far worse in third world countries.
When I think of that number, I feel almost guilty for the home I do have; and I DO feel guilty when I consider the fact that I’m often dissatisfied with our little home and look forward to the day when we can afford a larger house with some land.
However, I don’t think we should feel guilty for enjoying our blessings, but if at all possible, we should use our blessings to help bless others. I had to think on that for a bit. We have a small home, how can I bless others when we have such a small place?
I finally decided that it actually isn’t that hard. Besides extending hospitality to our friends (in small numbers of course!), I can use my home to make cookies for prison ministries. I can stand at my door on October 31st and hand out small colorful comic books that share the story of Jesus to the children who come. I grow food in our small garden and share it with the neighbors. In fact, there are many ways I can use my blessings to bless others!
I am blessed to have a home and I hope I can share some of my blessings with others.
I am also thankful for an eternal home; the God who has promised to be a dwelling place for his people. I am thankful to know that when life gets rough, I have a shelter and a refuge. In my physical home yes, but also in my God.