Gratitude. Despite All...

Monday, December 25, 2023

Grateful… for many reasons… It’s an ingrained attitude because I have learned that a grateful heart, especially in tough & frustrating times is a blessing in disguise 🙂



Even in our darkest hour, the Lord does not abandon us. His eye is always upon us He watches over us night and day - Mark 13:24

Monday, December 11 had been a good day. Despite all the horrors from Gaza, I had already informed my siblings a few weeks earlier that our traditional Christmas gathering and the celebration of dad’s birthday would take place on Dec 25. This meant a lot of prepping & I didn’t have a minute to spare. I programmed my evenings to allow myself to attend a few music concerts & visit some Christmas markets on specific dates. My plans were turned upside down when on that Monday, a reckless driver sped out of a side alley, and rammed his vehicle into the front of my car from the left, throwing it towards the sidewalk where my right front tire exploded, bringing us both to a halt. After the initial shock, I just made the few necessary calls & remained calmly seated in my car. I was surprised at myself not getting angry but thought it might occur later that night. What my mind was busy processing were solutions. I knew not having my car for several days in Beirut is a hassle & that December is a tough month to rent a car with all the expats coming into town for the holidays. What I couldn’t know right then was that the damage I was told could be fixed within a few days will in fact require many many more, cost me a hefty sum on top of my insurance coverage, make me miss several concerts lined up in my calendar, and most importantly mess up my whole organization for December 25😕

Trust in the Lord with all your heart - Proverbs 3:5

Somehow my inner self decided to remain chill. Yes, I was annoyed…& so happy to collect my car a few hours before the unique crossover music performance that thrilled my senses🥰 and to celebrate on December 25 despite it all!

Let the word of Christ dwell in u richly, teaching & admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms & hymns & spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God - Colossians 3:16

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