Happy Thanksgiving to all. Here in the United States we assign one day a year to give thanks for what we have or don’t have. This is tradition for us Americans that stems back to the early Pilgrims who gave thanks for surviving harsh deadly winters and success in farming large part due to the American Indian who taught the Pilgrims how to farm. I don’t think the American Indian would give thanks now for that one event but I digress. I give thanks for the God who loves me enough to call me his child. I give thanks to Jesus, Gods son who took upon His shoulders all my sins so I can be considered a “Citizen of Heaven” (Phi 3:20). I thank the Holy Spirit who without its help I could not understand Gods word and apply it to my life. I am thankful for all my brothers and sisters in Christ who have heard my praises and moanings through out the year. Who truly love me for who I am with all my shortcomings. I am thankful for my wife, of 30 years, who quit work to stay home and home school my son. My wife who constantly prays for me and puts up with all my junk. I am thankful for my one and only 11 year old child Shawn who both gives me joy and headache at the same time. Mostly joy. I am thankful for my immediate family (There are 6 of us – 3 brothers 2 sisters). We still are a close family. I am thankful for my parents who gave me my Christian foundation. They are both deceased now. I am thankful for my employment in Aerospace, which I have enjoyed for the last 30 years without interruption (there have been close calls). I am thankful for the diabetes I incurred this year. I have been praying for years for God to help me lose weight (be careful what you pray for-He does listen). I developed diabetes but, with a restricted diet and exercise I have lost 20lbs and on my way to my goal weight. I am thankful for the bumps in the road that make life interesting. I am thankful for my Heavenly Father who allows me to serve as a Children’s supervisor in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship). I encourage all of you to find one in your neighborhood (www.bsfinternational.org). I am thankful for all the leaders in BSF who sacrifice ,with love, their time to bring the gospel to men, women, and children throughout the world. I am thankful for the same brothers in Christ who have encouraged me to take up cycling. I am thankful for the church I attend, which goes over the entire bible verse by verse. I am thankful for the ushers ministry in which I serve. I am thankful for this blog which allows me to write about my greatest love, Jesus. I am thankful for the “COH-Citizen of Heaven”opportunity God has allowed me to experience (More on that in upcoming blogs).
I am thankful for so much. More then I can count. Not for one Day but I give thanks everyday.
Psalm 118:1 ” Oh, give thanks to the Lord, For He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
Amen to that.