thankful: 11.9.12

1. Friday was a long day. After assembly in the morning, Amy and I drove into Ballito (about 40 minutes away) to run some errands. We made it back just in time for my  back-to-back tutoring sessions. By the end of the first, I was tired. Just really, physically tired. I love being with the kids, but I wasn’t sure if I could muster the enthusiasm for another group without a few more cups of coffee.

The coffee wasn’t going to happen. I breathed a prayer for miraculous energy as I drove back into San Souci and loaded up the next group.

My prayer was instantly answered. The entire way back, the voices of the children drowned out the roar of the bakkie and instantly lifted my spirits. How could you listen to a chorus of “If You’re Happy and You Know It” followed by a harmonious rendition of “This Little Light of Mine” and not have an immediately improved mood?

As we pulled into Sunbury again, they sang the song we’d sung that morning at assembly. I learned the song when I was last here and taught it to the first grade Sunday school class back at our home church in Zion. Then, just a few weeks ago, the South Africa team from this summer introduced our congregation to the song during their convocation report.

“Akekho Ofana no Jesu” — There’s no one, there’s no one like Jesus. There’s no one, there’s no one like him!

2. My grandma, Neda Petreman, who is celebrating her birthday today. Decorating the church, working on craft projects, having sleepovers, games in the car, eating popcorn, birthday lunches, trips to the beach, trick-or-treating, campfires in the backyard– so many wonderful memories over the past 21 years!

3. The smell of rain. 
4. A sea of green sugarcane blowing in the wind. 
5. Great thunderstorms (particularly great thunderstorms that don’t lead to power outages!). 

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