Give thanks to God;
bless God’s name for God is good:
God’s kindness endures forever…
From Psalm 100:4-5
As I consider the things for which I’m grateful, I find that I have more time than usual to compile a list. It seems that I have more time than usual for everything these days! Though roasting a turkey and preparing all of the side dishes is always a challenge, portions will be much smaller this year. We can’t all gather around one table in one of our homes, so we will celebrate with one another in spirit. For this I say, “Thank you, God!”
The next point on my list of blessings is this family of mine. That I actually married was a huge surprise to me. That my husband and I have children is a miracle, literally, according to the doctors. I am most grateful for these developments! I’m also grateful for my parents who shared themselves and God with me. They appreciated God’s love and their resulting ability to weather any storm taught me to do the same. I’m grateful for my sisters and my brother, too. Each of them contributed to who I am today in so many ways. Thank you, God!
I appreciate the extended family and my friends who have added so much to my life and to me. Thank you, God!
I appreciate God’s love, too. When in doubt, I turn to Jesus who insisted that God loves us as we are with all of our frailties intact. He also assured us that God expects only what we are able to do, nothing more. Thank you for this, Dear God, because I sometimes forget that I’m good enough just as I am!
On this Thanksgiving Day, this reflection should be the longest I’ve ever written because my blessings are so numerous. Suffice to say that God knows them all and that I’m most grateful. I hope you find that the same is true for you!
Generous God, thank you for everything!
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