In the U.S. we have arrived to the holiday for which we are all encouraged to come up with a list of things to be thankful for. What a great opportunity, one we should take more often.
But waking up in a foreign country, walled in if you will, there are no turkeys, no pilgrims, but still lots of native people.
So this makes my thankfulness more genuine!
With that in mind let me share what makes me ever thankful.
First, that the Creator of the universe would desire a relationship with me (and you) and that he would accomplish it by taking on the cross himself. That he would take a stubborn sinner and call him son. What grace.
Next, that this same God would give me Stacy, Iona, Ewen, and Adia. (Also Jones and June). This family brings me so much joy. We laugh, we argue, we wrestle, we journey, we get sick, we get tired, we eat too much sugar, we sing, we dance, we sleep, we binge Disney+, and we do everything else all of which is meant to awaken us to the tremendous gift we are to each other.
There are other things to be thankful for, good books, good wine, parents, in-laws, nieces and nephews, all the things. But these two big ones have me ever thankful.
Today I am praying that you too will meet Jesus and experience his grace. That you would find with each breath a new reason to be thankful and rejoice in life.