Give thanks with a grateful heart, give things to the Holy One, give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ His son.
Those are lyrics from a wonderful song about giving thanks. On this Thanksgiving day, I hope that you have people, gifts and much to be thankful for!
I am thankful for a spouse who loves me just the way that I am. He is truly my partner and I am so blessed to have him in my life. I am also thankful for a son who has so greatly enriched my life.
I am thankful for parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, and uncles who are so different and so giving and loving and so very special! Each person in my family is unique and fabulous to know. You may not be able to choose your family but I choose to love all of them with all that I have.
I am thankful for friends who I have made throughout my life. Some for many years and some for just a short time. You too are very precious and have so enriched the tapestry that is my life.
I am also thankful for a neighborhood of people who truly look out for each other and like to keep in touch. It is a blessing to live again in the city where I grew up!
I am thankful to live in the United States and enjoy the freedoms that other people do not have. I appreciate the sacrifice that our soldiers and their families have given so we can have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and so many other freedoms that we sometimes take for granted.
I am also thankful for the gift of sight so I can see the smile on my son’s face as he discovers something new and for the majestic waves in the ocean.
I am thankful for the gift of hearing so I can listen to a friend sing a song at church, an organ play, “How Great Thou Art,” and the animals making noise in the spring.
I am thankful for the gift of touch so I can give a hug to a friend who needs comfort or a hug for an amazing accomplishment that has been made, or holding hands during a prayer.
I am thankful for the gift of smell so I can enjoy cookies baking in the oven and think back to my childhood and those familiar scents.
I am thankful for taste so I can savor coffee each morning, enjoy a new recipe, and taste my favorite tacos and enchiladas.
These are just a few of the things in my life that I am thankful for. Dear Lord let us be thankful for all our amazing gifts. I also am thankful for my relationship with Christ and many Christians who I know.
I still wonder if we can ever be thankful enough for all of our blessings. And, I wonder what you are thankful for.