Portugal 6: Back Home, ‘in the Lord I’ll be ever thankful’

We’ve been back home from Portugal for nearly a week. Since then we’ve had a great weekend with Tara’s family celebrating her Dad’s 80th birthday and I’m now back where I started my sabbatical, on retreat on Holy Island.

Coming back from Portugal the Taize chant, ‘In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful‘ has been very much with me. I am so thankful to God for the time in Portugal, for the gift of somewhere to stay from my parents, for the time as a family, for plenty of sun and lots to do.

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful,
In the Lord I’ll rejoice.
Look to God, do not be afraid,
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near;
Lift up your voices the Lord is near.

In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful, Taize Community.

Rather than using lots of words on this blog about Portugal I thought I would share some of our many photos that we took. Through these I hope to share some of the things from this time that I am thankful to God for.

I’m thankful to God for a great place to stay at Rocha Brava:

I’m thankful to God for good food to share together!

I’m thankful to God for beautiful beaches to play on!

I’m thankful to God for time with my precious family:

I’m thankful to God for All Nations Church who welcomed us and enabled us to be part of their family for 6 weeks:

I’m thankful to God for time to visit wonderful places:

I’m thankful to God that for six weeks my phone only told me in was 20+ degrees and that my next appointment was a long time away! It was so nice not to have to look at my diary.