Underneath the dense commercialism of the Thanksgiving holiday is a beautiful purpose: expressing gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. Even though I am blessed so richly, I do not dedicate nearly enough time each day to express my gratitude. To correspond with this national holiday, I will take this post to give thanks to those for whom I am immensely grateful:
God – I’m thankful for His steadfast love and patience. He waited years for me to return to Him after a life of living for myself, and I’m thankful I received the opportunity to repent for my selfish ways. I’m thankful for the grace we received from Him through the sacrifice of Christ, and I’m thankful for the grace He continues to show us everyday. I’m thankful for the renewed purpose He has given me through life in Christ. I’m thankful for the hope we have in Christ that helps me endure time on this earth to His glory. I’m thankful for His word, the spiritual manna that fuels me everyday. I’m thankful for His eternal wisdom that continues to save me.
Family – I’m thankful I am blessed with a family that embodies sacrificial love. I’m thankful for my parents who support my endeavors and do everything in their power to further my dreams. While I wait to be reunited with my Heavenly Father, I’m thankful to be on this earth with this wonderful family of mine.
Church family – I’m thankful for fellowship with my brethren. I’m thankful for fellowship that isn’t about primarily about fun and games but growing into a stronger servant for Christ. I’m thankful I have many godly examples of faithfulness, service and love. It is through all of you that I grow to better understand the power of Christ’s love and how it is perfectly manifested through His people. So many people have sacrificed for me and invested in my spiritual growth. I’m thankful for all of you.
Friends from high school and college – I’m thankful you continue to love and support me despite many drastic lifestyle changes over the years. I’m thankful you are open to hearing and discussing my beliefs even though yours may vary greatly from mine. I’m not sure what I did to deserve your friendship (I know I could be a pretty wretched friend), but I’m thankful you continue to be an important part of my life.
Readers – I’m thankful for your support, comments and shares because your acceptance of my blog is an acceptance of me. I lay my heart out in almost every post, which leaves me very vulnerable. I’m thankful that when I start to doubt myself and my blogging efforts, I receive a message from one of you that encourages me to keep on blogging. Thank you for your love and support.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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I love living in this country where we have a holiday dedicated to being thankful! What a wonderful tradition to keep, not only this day once a year, but all year long. Thank you for your thoughts!
I agree! Unfortunately Black Friday has tarnished the original purpose of the tradition, but it’s still a good one. Thank you for reading, Sue! Hope you and yours have a joyful Thanksgiving day!