I'm thankful.

Irene Kalulu
Posted December 1, 2018 from Zimbabwe

We went to the graveyard to bury a young child last week.

Surrounding us were graves of babies who had only "survived"-a day...a week...a year. It made me so sad to realise how fleeting life is. It is just but a wind,here one minute and gone the next. It also made me so THANKFUL!!!

Thankful for the years God has kept me. For the years He has blessed me with. For the years i've spent with every member of my family.

For the friends i"ve had. The ones who have come into my life for a reason, a season, those who look like they will stick around for a lifetime. Thankful that my longtime friends have loved me enough to tolerate my insecurities,my weirdness,my kind of loving.

For the loves who have come into my life. The ones who have made me smile,who have made my heart beat and my pulse quicken, who have brought tears to my eyes  with joy and have brought intense sadness. Thankful for the one who broke my heart and not only made me stronger,but made me acknowledge that i also need JESUS in my relationships.

For the deep anguish and sorrow I've known in my life because it made me realise who God is in my life,that He alone is in control. Thankful that He has given me strength to endure the times I thought I could not go on. Thankful that i know now that without Him im lost.I'm thankful for Gods' awesome presence in my life. Because now i can celebrate LIFE! I can celebrate LIVING,not just surviving. Thank you God.

For what you have done so far. For the hope for more love and joy. For the belief in better days ahead. For the celebration of my life, Thank you!!!

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jlanghus
Dec 02, 2018
Dec 02, 2018

Hi Irene,

Thanks for sharing your post on gratitude and hope. I'm sorry that you had to experience a young child being buried last week. That sounds horrible:-( It also sounds like, though, that you have a lot to be thankful for, which is great. I'm glad you are focusing on that.

You may want to consider submitting this post for the current story awards, "What Gives You Hope?" If you're interested, this is the link: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/voices-rising/story-awards/89062?page=1

Hope you're having a good day.

Irene Kalulu
Dec 02, 2018
Dec 02, 2018

Hi Jlanghus.
Thank you so much for the encouragement.
Have submitted it for the story awards.
What are we if we have nothing that gives us hope?

jlanghus
Dec 03, 2018
Dec 03, 2018

You're very welcome, dear:-)

Awesome. Good luck with your submission!

So true!

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 02, 2018
Dec 02, 2018

Dear Irene,
This is a beautiful meditation on all that can become thankfulness, and especially touching that even the deepest sorrows can be part of being thankful for showing us the strength to survive. Having friends, too, who love us with all of our imperfections and eccentricities is such a gift. You have turned even the most painful experiences into something positive, a great and important strength to have. That deeper faith in spiritual practice, in whatever form we each find it, is also truly something to be thankful for.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Irene Kalulu
Dec 02, 2018
Dec 02, 2018

Hi Tam
Thank you for reading through and for your beautiful words.
The world often seems so dark and dreary but in every darkness there is some light I believe.

Beth Lacey
Jan 13
Jan 13

This is lovely and inspiring

Sis. Salifu
Mar 17
Mar 17

Dear Irene,
It must have been a horrible experience for you. Thanks for sharing it with us.
At least we will learn one or two lesson of gratitude from it.
Regards