I told you that we are a family of celebrators. Do you know that we even make a celebration of sorts at the end of each month as we turn over the calendar page? We do!
As I pull the calendar from its wooden frame, we say "good-bye" to the month and all it held, noting the birthdays, milestones, trips, holidays, visitors, parties...any memorable event. Then I turn over the page to the next month and we anticipate the special moments that are in store, naming ones that we know in advance.
It's the simplest of celebrations, but it's how we "mark the occasion."
Here at my blog this year, I began a new way to commemorate the moments in a month. In February, I made a few collages of the highlights, and I found that I liked the way it caused me to reflect. Thus began a little ritual of collecting the moments and making a record. And as I look back over the month, I can always say, "Thus far the Lord has helped us."
(If you'd like to take a peek, they're here...February, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September.)
Again this month—this month of 31 days and lots of talking and lots of thinking and living and joy and sorrow—I'd like to collect some of the moments.
October was a month when I lived out the whole idea of celebration as "marking an occasion with gratitude and joy." As I told you in ~this post~, our family was touched by death, by illness, and by struggle. We have also experienced the joy of family, the joy of friendship, and the joy of fellowship. Most of all, we have known Him who is Faithful, and our hearts are grateful for His merciful care in our lives.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.