What I am Thankful for

In the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday of November.  This day has turned into one of my favorite holidays for a number of reasons, primarily because of the focus my wife has provided on her love for this holiday.  The reasons she loves Thanksgiving are too numerous to mention here, but in lieu of that I will list a few reasons I have to give thanks.  This is not an exhaustive list, but more so, one that is more top of mind at this time in my life.

Here are reasons I am thankful today:

  1. I have an amazing, loving wife, two wonderful sons with great wives, and many other family members who don’t seem to mind spending time with me.  So often I hear stories, sad stories, of people who are estranged from close family members.  This pains me to know that siblings or other family members cannot find enough common ground to come together and spend time with one another.  Our family will be here this Thursday with a few special guest to celebrate this day of thanks.
  2. My health is good and I have the ability to go and come as I please in most circumstances.  As life has progressed, I have become more aware of those who are confined to spaces that keep them from enjoying life the way they would like.  Too often I tend to forget about others whose circumstances are not as abundant as mine.  My goal is to slow down, eventually, in order to spend more time with those who are less fortunate.  Rather than trying to do more, it might be better for me to do less and do it better.
  3. We live in a country where we can speak freely and also worship freely.  While I have been to countries where this has been limited, I have never lived or visited a region where I could have been restricted in my speech or my worship or belief.  My intent is to more fully focus, through prayer, on those who live in circumstances where they choose to speak our or worship even thought they do so knowing it could put them in danger.  My faith helps me to understand that those who suffer in this world will be rewarded for their faith and steadfast love in the Heaven to follow.

I could add to this list, but the three items above hit the highest notes that I wish to share with you today.

My hope for you is that you too will pause to give thanks this week.

Even more, let’s make every day a day of thanksgiving.  What an improvement that would be for all of us.