It’s Thanksgiving Day 2016 and this is what I am thankful for
As I pondered what to write in this blog I kept coming back to Thanksgiving and what I am thankful for. I also did a little research on some respected men from church history to see what they thanked God for. There are so many things for which to be thankful if I stopped to write them all down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the list and explanations of all the things for which I am thankful (I tried to paraphrase John 21:25). But the point is there are so many things I take for granted every day for which I should be thankful, it seems an insurmountable task to list them all.
Sort of keeping up on the theme of 3 bullet Thursday on this Thanksgiving
I simply decided to tell 3 things for which I am thankful then give you a link to read a short article on a Thanksgiving Day sermon from Jonathan Edwards. Here are the 3 things for which I am thankful: Faith, Family, and Friends (although those of you who know me could add a 4th, which would be Food, but that’s another blog post).
My faith is extremely important to me. I tried to thank God daily not only for His love, mercy, and grace but specifically the love that sent His Son to die a horrible death to deal with my sins. I spend some time every day pondering the mysteries of Christianity. I attempt to filter all of my life through the lens of God and His world.
My family is another thing that I am thankful for. I grew up with a Christian mom and dad who tried to instill in me the importance of seeking after and living for the God of the universe. Also have brothers and a sister with whom God has blessed me. I enjoy their fellowship and interaction. My wife is the most wonderful woman on the planet for me. She keeps me grounded and gives unconditional love. My 2 children are a blessing who have taught me much about myself and my shortcomings.
My friends are a Godsend that I do not take lightly. Each of them shows me something to which I should and can aspire: whether it be more study of the Bible, or more passion for family, or more compassion for the needy. I cherish the times spent in conversation and dialogue.
I could go on and on and on and on and on, but I won’t
As mentioned earlier I could go on about the innumerable blessings God has given me and then ponder a deeper question, which is Why has he blessed me so much, but I will stop here.
A short description of a Thanksgiving sermon by Jonathan Edwards
As I was researching people from church history and what they said about giving thanks, I came across an article from Christianity Today from several years ago that gives a link to a sermon by Jonathan Edwards on Thanksgiving and then summarized the sermon. I thought this was a very good article so here is the link, enjoy. http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2009/november/edwards-ian-thanksgiving.html
For what are you thankful, let me know.
Be thankful, be very thankful
Good night, and God bless