The Benifit of family and friends.
I have to apologize. I had started this post about a week ago but my computer wiped it out when I hit the save button. So we got that situation and got it corrected. Back on July 14th family and friends came together for a benefit for me and my family. I was truly overwhelming to see so many people come together on my behalf. There were old friends, new, my family, and their friends, and there was Elizabeth's family, cousins, cousins of cousins, friends of friends. I wish there was away I could thank everyone personally, for being there. There are so many who did so much. the committee they worked so hard to make it happen, to the businesses that gave prizes so generously. Family and friends who donated prizes to everyone who came to be apart and many who took part on the online auctions. Saying thank you to everyone seems so small. The best I can truly do, is to ask God to bless each person who blessed us. Thank you all.
I also am fully aware that the one, I owe the most is God, the giver of all good things. He is the one behind it all. I think of Nehemiah and Ezra in the Old Testament. How when they wanted to restore Jerusalem He move the hearts of kings to provide the money and material for it. Time and again. God would move in the hearts of people to accomplish His goals. It is all for his glory. When He blesses us we are to respond with thanksgiving and gratitude and to see behind the gift to Him. The love of God toward us is so great is scandalous. When we take the time to look deeply into our sin and then look deeply at the cross of Jesus, you begin to scratch the surface of His love. Then when you add all the things in this life, like the benefit, family and friends. You realize His love is so great, it is scandalous. God bless all of you.