護家中心 – 周紅
今天，我的孩子已近21 歲了。 他得以健康喜樂地在大學裡成長，完全是神的恩典。我想起那位姐妹說我“中獎”是沒錯。苦難是化妝的祝福。因著過去的破碎，重建了我的生命。這更是極大的恩典和祝福！
Offer a Grateful Heart Ann Zhou
Thanksgiving is near. Do single moms have things to be thankful? In fact, single moms have many to be thankful, not only on Thanksgiving but always! Ten years being a single mom, I experienced many hurdles in my life. Fortunately, when I have thankful thoughts, I regain the power to live on. Twenty years ago, when my marriage was shattered, my son was only 1.5 years old. A sister comforted me by saying: “Thank God, you hit the jackpot!” I did not understand her remark and thought she was joking with me! However, from her firm tone and honest expression, I felt her sincerity. She was always grateful even facing adversities. One time, her car broke down outside her house. She was still grateful when recounting the incident to me, “God is really wonderful. Just as I needed help, He sent a neighbor to fix my car, like sending me an angel!” She never had negative reaction to anything. I wondered: “Why doesn’t she complain, get angry or sad ever? It appears that she always handles life with a sense of humor.” For the last decade, this sister became my role model. I decided to learn from her. I am willing to give up my thoughts to God by constantly giving thanks. The more I let go, the more thankful I am! Thank God for a new breath of life as I wake up; give me health, food and all my needs; drive safely to take my son to school, to work; even do daily shopping, cooking, washing, housework, etc. Thank the Lord! As a single parent, I am thankful that I can assume the dual responsibilities of both father and mother. I overcome life challenges imposing disciplines to manage emotion, time, and money. I have become a teacher, a coach, and even a friend to my son. When dealing with predicaments, thank God that I do not drill on the obstacles but rather I open my mind and eyes to God for hope. I always submit thanksgiving prayers which reinforce my faith to rely on God. Indeed, whenever I pull through from a dilemma, the grace of God makes me feel so content. I am so grateful that my weakness is protected by the mighty God.
Today, my son is almost 21, healthy and joyful, attending college. Recalling the “winning a jackpot” comment by that sister years ago, somehow it seems to make sense. Suffering is blessing in disguise. I actually rebuilt my life after a broken marriage. This is entirely God’s grace and blessing! I have been serving in Heralds for eight years, a true reflection of God’s grace. I am so thankful.