No, I'm not talking about Ebenezer Scrooge.
I read somewhere that someone was picking a single word to be "their" word for the upcoming year. I love words; when I first read that, I thought, the prospect of picking one word for an entire year seemed impossible. I wondered, too, if at the end of the year, could that individual say they had chosen appropriately, and really "lived" that word? Well, this girl loves a challenge, so in the face of something that seems impossible, I am choosing one word for my upcoming year. My word for 2011? Ebenezer.
So what does Ebenezer have to do with anything? In the Bible (I Samuel 7:12), Samuel took a stone and named it, Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the Lord has helped us." An Ebenezer, or "stone of help" is anything or anyone that is a reminder of God's presence, love and assistance.
Many of you have been Ebenezers to me over the past year. It's no secret that the whole twin thing was overwhelming to me (still is some days). I've done an abysmal job of keeping up with thank you cards. I'm sure more than one person failed to receive an official "thank you" from me. If you held me up in prayer, made my family a meal, came over to visit and/or hold a baby, encouraged me with words, offered opportunities for me to sleep, showered our babies with gifts, gave me the opportunity to shower, listened to me worry, helped me take the girls to the doctor, offered wisdom and guidance---you are an Ebenezer to me. Through each of those acts, whether I know you or not, you showed me the face of God.
This blog is my Ebenezer, a physical sign of God's presence, love and assistance to me, with the help of all of you, throughout this past year. When I think about it I am overwhelmed and (hand on chest) faklempt. Talk amongst yourselves--I'll give you a topic. Chickpea is neither a chick nor a pea--discuss.
Sorry, I was starting to cry, and needed to laugh. In all seriousness, I am so blessed--my cup runneth over. I pray that you each meet God with many Ebenezers in 2011.