One By One — Thanksgiving 2012

Since I was a kid, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The traditions of great food, family, friends, fellowship, and football are very dear to me. I also believe it is good that we have a special day set aside to reflect on our blessings—it’s just too bad that we don’t reflect on these things more often. As it nears, I wanted to share with you a few reasons why I am so “thankful” on Thanksgiving 2012.

  1. I’m thankful for God’s grace towards me, one who is so undeserving.
  2. I’m thankful for my wonderful wife, Sara, who deserves so much better than what I can give her.
  3. I’m thankful for my son, Daniel Isaac, who will make his appearance, Lord willing, in April. Sara and I know that he will change our lives forever.
  4. I’m thankful for my parents, for great memories of my dad and the great heritage of my mom.
  5. I’m thankful for my many, many, many adopted parents. Your unconditional love blows me away. I am so undeserving.
  6. I’m thankful for my church family at Carter Lake Rd and how they love me in spite of all my many faults.
  7. I’m thankful that the election is finally over and that most people have returned to being sensible human beings again. Most people…
  8. I’m thankful that more than 4½ years of labor will finally bear fruit very, very soon.
  9. I’m thankful that, this past summer, I was able to spend 3+ incredible weeks on a dream vacation in Alaska.
  10. I’m thankful for those of you who read this blog regularly. Your encouragement is very meaningful to me.

There are many, many more blessings in my life, but those are just a few.

As a little boy, I remember learning to sing the wonderful hymn, “Count Your Many Blessings.” It is a great song that implores us to count our blessings “one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” That is very true. Too many times, we focus on what we don’t have, on what we haven’t received, on what has been denied us. But if we were to stop and count, we would truly be blown away at how much God has done for us. So with Thanksgiving fast approaching, have you named your blessings, one by one?

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thess 5:18 NIV

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