In order of events, I mention first that I am grateful to be able to play tennis. Not only does it strengthen and benefit my physical and emotional well-being, but it provides wonderful friendships and social encounters that I have desired and needed here in Korea. I've gained many good friends, and opportunities to learn about the world through the eyes of women of differing background and culture. I have grown from their goodness. This month, we finished our season with a luncheon in honor of two teammates who are leaving Korea. Anne and Cristina are both headed to England where their association is sure to continue, though they will be missed in Seoul.
The Seoul Women's International Tennis League (SWITL) also hosted their yearly banquet at Seoul Club, and for the first time, I was able to attend. We were presented with embroidered hats and other goodies and were challenged with a few games and activities. Each team had to write a team jingle to a Christmas tune and present it to the group. Had we not already won the "Name the Professional Tennis Players" picture game, we surely would have been proclaimed the "Jingle" champs as well - wouldn't you agree?!
Next, I must express my deep gratitude for the awesome wonders of God's creations! I am grateful for the seasons, and the beauty of each day. I am thankful that I have been able to see so much of earth's amazing colorful canvas. I looked out our windows one rainy afternoon to see a vivid double rainbow painted across the sky. In that moment, it occurred to me that God exists in that fabled pot of gold found at it's end, and from him flows forth all the richest blessings of life. I am grateful that the rainbow reminds me that His promises are real! If I am faithful to my covenants, I can dwell in that sacred home on high with Him someday.
Yes, I am engaged in giving thanks with a heart full of gratitude!