On this Thanksgiving morning, my heart is filled to overflowing with gratitude to God for all the ways He shows Himself faithful and lavishly generous to me. For them all, big and small, I’m grateful.
Here are a few, not necessarily in order of importance:
~ He knew me, predestined me to be conformed to the image of His Son, He called me, He justified me, and He’ll glorify me. (Romans 8:29-30) Grace. All is grace — amazing, jaw-dropping, worship-inspiring grace.
~ He plopped me down in the United States of America, home of this Thanksgiving Day tradition. Land of the free, home of the brave. Here I’m reminded of a favorite quote, from historian and author David McCullough:
And so many of the blessings and advantages we have, so many of the reasons why our civilization, our culture, has flourished aren’t understood; they’re not appreciated. And if you don’t have any appreciation of what people went through to get, to achieve, to build what you are benefiting from, then these things don’t mean very much to you. You just think, well, that’s the way it is. That’s our birthright. That just happened. [But] it didn’t just happen. And at what price? What grief? What disappointment? What suffering went on? I mean this. I think that to be ignorant or indifferent to history isn’t just to be uneducated or stupid. It’s to be rude, ungrateful. And ingratitude is an ugly failing in human beings.
~ My children. I love them to bits. One is sleeping upstairs as I type, and the other had to stay up on the mountain to work. This picture is a few years old, but I love it:
I’m gaining a daughter in a few months, too, so we’ll need an updated picture!
~ My family. Oh, how grateful I am for them. They’ve been so very supportive of me, especially the past year or so since I moved back to Georgia. I love getting to see my parents and my sister and her family regularly. And I’m looking forward to seeing aunts and uncles today, too.
~ I’m thankful that God has provided me with work. I have a job that is interesting and challenging, and I have a little business that is a lot of fun.
~ My church. The Body here has been so good to me, welcoming me, loving me, and pointing me to Christ.
~ My home. God provided me with a place to live that I really enjoy. Right now, as it’s 30 degrees outside, I’m in my warm, comfortable bed enjoying a cup of hot tea. And as I opened my front door this morning, I was grateful that the newspaper had landed right on the doormat. Sometimes the little things are big. 🙂
~ God’s Word in print, in countless editions, readily available and freely distributed. That’s a blessing that we in this time and in this country take for granted.
~ Books. I love them.
~ My little town. I really like living here.
~ Friends. God has been good to me with friends near and far.
~ Food. Right now I have in mind cornbread dressing, turnip greens, and chocolate cake…
~ I could really do this all day, listing out ways He is good to me. I’ll stop here, though, and get ready for the day.
I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. May God bring to mind all He’s done and doing for you.