I am a big fan of Thanksgiving. Turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie and more. It is a great day and a great, long weekend.
We have a tradition in our family. For years, on Thanksgiving morning, the girls and I have run in the YMCA Turkey Trot Race. We run, along with 25,000 other people, through downtown Dallas in the three mile "fun run." (No, I am not a runner. This is the only run I do all year. — Fortunately!) After that, we will go to my parents’ house to enjoy Thanksgiving.
I like the word "thanksgiving." I am thankful to God for so much. What I have, enjoy, and experience, I receive as gifts from God. This morning, as I finish this cup of coffee, I am thankful to God for…
- …my wife Charlotte, for my two daughters Jamie and Christine. I am thankful for Phillip, our wonderful son-in-law (married to Christine).
- …friends who add so much to my life.
- …parents, a wonderful mother-in-law, and a host of other family members I am blessed to be related to.
- …"small" moments of grace, such as the two encouraging e-mails I received yesterday.
- …our church family. The older woman who spoke encouraging words to me in the hall last Sunday morning.
- …our life group. I am thankful for their encouragement.
I am thankful to God for all of these gifts. Above all, I am thankful for the giver himself. While I appreciate gift after gift I receive, no gift is greater than the giver himself. So I am thankful for God and for the privilege of enjoying relationship with him.
I want you to know that I am thankful to you for reading this blog. There are so many, many blogs on the Internet. Yet, you come to this blog, some of you daily. Some of you leave behind written comments. A few of you e-mail me. Others of you just read and enter into the thought that day. I’m thankful and do not take you for granted.
The next time I post will be bright and early Monday morning. In the meantime, have a great Thanksgiving.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.