Gratitude & freedom... [#79-90}

Yesterday at PORTICO we had a movie screening of Freedom Fighter, the story of Rev. Majed El Shafie, himself once tortured for his Christian faith in Egypt, now the president and founder of One Free World International, fighting for those persecuted for their faith all over the world.

Here is a clip from the movie...

It's far too easy to live in religious freedom and think else everyone shares the same freedoms that we do. This moving film is designed to move those of us with all the freedom in the world to speak out for those who do not.

One way to get involved is to join the One Million Voices campaign. The way I see it, I have paid so very little for my own freedom, how could I not expend my energy and resources on behalf of those who have not been so blessed?

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...and the gratitude list continues...

79. friends who push me to my dreams even when I doubt yourself.

80. a job that I love.

81. coffee. Starbucks. enough said.

82. going to sleep on Friday night and not turning the alarm on.

83. delightful little Italian pastries.

84. Rosamunde Pilcher's 'Winters Solstice' and beginning it again for at least the 24th time.

85. the balance of accomplishing things I didn't expect to and nothing I wanted to.

86. a strong, well-timed message I needed to hear.

87. summer roasted vegetables on a cold day.

88. walking into Starbucks and being greeted by my favorite baristas, who already know what I want.

89. curling up in my cozy bed with my Kobo in my hand, and Charlotte Martin's Piano Trees in my ears.

90. the simple, yet under-appreciated fact that by living in Canada, I have the gift and freedom of worshiping my God freely and without fear.


Nicole said...

Great List, I have friend here in our valley who is from Canada, we were just discussing some of the differences of her now American living. glad I stopped by. Have a great day.

Mari said...

I love that feeling on Friday night when U turn off the alarm clock so it wont go off the next morning!#90? I really do take it for granted. I cant even wrap my head around not having this freedom...It was great visiting with you!

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Friends who push. . . aren't they just the greatest???? They must see what we can't. To have people who see our potential and push us towards fulfilling that is truly a God-given gift. Something we are thankful for when we have them, but very seldom ASK for them.

I take it you LIKE coffee!!!! Loved your list today. It was great to be here!

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