Today, we are joining some other homeschooling families at the park to mark a milestone for one of our young friends. About a year and a half ago, our friend (age 6 at the time) began chemotherapy for a brain tumor. This spring, his finished his last treatment, much to the relief of all, and tomorrow we’re going to celebrate with him.
As I thought about our friend, I remembered a tradition another family shared with me long ago — the Blessing Box. At the end of every month, family members would write down the blessings received from God over the past few weeks, each one on a separate slip of paper. They might be small things, like an unexpected gift, or bigger things, like the end of our friend’s cancer treatment. They dated each entry, folded the paper, and put it in the box. Then, at the end of the year, the family would gather together to read the “blessings,” saving the papers from year to year. What a great reminder of all that God had done for them!
We had started our own Blessing Box years ago, when my oldest son was small. He helped me decorate it, and I began writing down the blessings and storing them in the box. Somewhere in the busyness of life, though, our Blessing Box was set aside, and we haven’t used it for a long, long time.
But our friend’s party presents the perfect time to start again. And instead of writing the blessings down once a month, once a week would better suit our schedules (and my memory!). And as we’re writing, we can remember to praise God — for our friend, for health, for comfort, for His peace, for freedom, for His provision — for all the things we often let slip by without giving Him thanks.