Talon’s Point of the Day. Jan 1, 2021 “Thank You 2020”

As with most others I’ve often spent 2020 viewing it as a dumpster fire that took 365 days to burn itself out. But as the year progressed the contrarian within me began to revive and this morning insisted on proclaiming he’s very much alive.

Yes, it was a very difficult year. A beloved young family member succumbed to depression. A member of my household suffered a severe stroke . . . again. A parent was in the hospital . . . twice, bookending the year. Further losses occurred in extended family. There’s been disappointments, such as strains in family relationships, and of course the losses and social impact of Covid-19 (I’ll leave my view of it’s political use and abuse for another day.) Like most I was financially impacted though not to the degree of many others. It’s on that note that I begin . . .

Thanks You 2020. Though you hit my wallet it could have been worse, and reminded me every day (and twice on pay day) that my source is no other than God, “… God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things.” – 1 Corinthians 8:6

Thanks You 2020. Though I continue to grieve the loss and suffering of loved ones I’m reminded through these times how important family, and love is. I’m ultimately reminded that love itself comes from God, for He is love “…because God is love” – 1 John 4:8, “For God so loved the world…” – John 3:16

Thanks You 2020. God used the very difficulty of Covid’s impact on the economy to make it possible to drastically improve living conditions in a way I never would have considered possible just 1year prior. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” – Romans 8:28

Thank you 2020. Your financial difficulties brought a son home for a period of renewal and growth in our relationship with each other as well as spiritually.

Thank you 2020. Through it all new friendships have been kindled, and old ones renewed. The beauty of new love has come into the family, with a new marriage and family member on the way.

Still difficulties remain. Strained relationships remain. The suffering of loved ones remains. Grief remains. Yet God’s word tells us that each day is “the day that the Lord has made.” It compels us, for our own sake, to “…rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24. If each day is the day that God has made, then each years is also. God, through it all, even in 2020, was shedding His amazing grace on us. If only we will just stop to notice.

As this new year is birthed I am choosing to stop and notice.

Yes. Thank you 2020

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