I guess this will be the big theme for this weekend for us Canadians. You Americans can pick it up later on when we are already gearing up for Christmas. Our Wal Marts are just one step ahead of yours.
I don’t gush thankfulness. Oh, there are times when I am full of thanks and it bubbles out but they are the times when some big event has just turned out as I would like it to. Most of the time my thanks is for smaller more ordinary things. The things that go on and make life what it is. The things that give my life direction and meaning.
Just this morning, I was thankful for the sun on the golden leaves. Thankful for the good cup of coffee in my hand as I watched the sun come up. Thankful for the good nights sleep, a warm house and a comfortable and safe bed to sleep in. For the place that I call home where I feel safe, where I can relax, where I can sit at my computer with it’s high speed access and communicate at ease across the globe.
I’m thankful that I have family that are important to me and to whom I am important too. I’m even thankful that they need me and feel at ease enough with me secure enough that I love them to unload some of their burdens on me. And I am thankful that I can pass on their needs to God. And that he listens to me and helps me carry whatever burdens I have picked up.
I am thankful for the work I have to do. Not everyone has a career they enjoy. Not everyone has seen God work through them as they practice their line of work seeing God use what I have to offer is a blessing indeed to be thankful for.
I am thankful for friends. I am thankful for the mutual love and care we can give each other. And I’m thankful that I can make new friends and that some friendships grow and become deep and meaningful. I am thankful that I am married to my best friend and that our marriage is still full of love and mutual respect.
I am thankful for my senses and that all are still working adequately. As I start to see the changes that age makes, the senses of sight and hearing, touch, smell and taste become more precious. I can’t count on things lasting forever so I will be thankful for each day that I have them. And every day that I can still think and react appropriately, I will be thankful for my mind; for the ability to learn new concepts and skills, for the pleasures of reading and listening to music and laughter at a good joke.
The list could go on at length because there are so many things that I live with each day that I need to appreciate and give thanks for. So many little things I live with and assume will go on and on when I know that they cannot. So I will give thanks for each day I am given, for each moment of good health, for each moment when my mind is clear, for each moment when I can move around on my own, and in my times of distress, for each time when God shows me my utter dependence on him.
I will thank God for his never ending provision of all I need.