“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.” [Qur’an: Chapter 14, Verse 7]
I started this monthly gratitude series back in January. However I only managed 2 months before I got distracted by life and then restarted it in August. In sha Allah I will continue with it in 2019 as being grateful is so important. I am also going to start getting the girls to do it properly…I did start a gratitude box with them but we never stuck to it. However it is so important to teach our children to be grateful.
December has been a relatively quiet month….but if I reflect back the one thing I am ultimately grateful for this month is that dad had an endoscopy and it came back clear – there were no new varices which could burst and ultimately kill him. So following on from that, I am grateful that my dad has remained in relatively good health this year.
A few years ago, when he was diagnosed with Liver Cirrhosis caused by fatty liver, we didn’t expect him to see past a few years. At one point we thought he was close to death…he forgot who we were, he couldn’t make sense as to where the toilet was and even forgot how to walk; he would stand there shaking and not know how to move his legs. He started sleeping a lot and we thought he was going to slip into a coma as that is one of the stages and they often then don’t come back out of it. Even his consultant said a few months later that you were close to death and now look at you! But alhamdulillah she hasn’t had to see him for a year.
Lots of hospital stays and blood transfusions and fluid drains ultimately took its toll on us when he was first diagnosed. But alhamdulillah this year he has been as stable as he can be. Yes he can be grumpy due to his illness which can be hard for mum at times but alhamdulliah he is still with us, is still fighting and in sha Allah may we still have many more years with him.
Please keep my and my family in your duas through 2019. In sha Allah my father will continue to remain stable in 2019.
What are you grateful for this past month?