Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away; it’s hard to believe the year is almost over. It has been a difficult year for us for several reasons; many of those are obviously associated with Carter’s death. But we still have many things for which we are thankful so I decided to make a list of some of them.
- I’m thankful to see God’s hand working in our family’s lives. I don’t know what He has planned for us [“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not been made known.” 1 John 3: 2] but I can see His hands molding and shaping us as He promised Israel in Jeremiah 18: 6, “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.”
- I’m thankful for my wife. Although she has not felt well for much of the year she is still my best friend and motivator and as we approach our 44th anniversary this year my love, respect and admiration for her continues to grow. “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” Prov 31: 10
- I’m thankful for my daughters and their families. While both are struggling through really hard and difficult situations, both are demonstrating perseverance through adversity. “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1: 4
- I’m thankful for my mom and dad who have been nothing short of exemplary role models. They will soon celebrate 68 years of marriage if my memory is correct. All of the good parts of my life, they taught me. The bad parts are my own fault for not listening to them. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother- which is the first commandment with a promise- that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Eph 6: 1-3
- I’m still thankful to live in our free country, even though I’m terribly disappointed in all of the violence and mass shootings we are experiencing. “For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Ro 1: 21
- I’m thankful for another year. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again; if I learned anything at all from Carter’s death it is how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away. And even if we live to an “old” age, life is short. “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4: 14
- I’m thankful for our friends who have stood by us, prayed for us, and in so many ways loved us through the hardest situation I have ever faced. “Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father.” Prov 27: 10
This is a first cut at some of the things I’m thankful for. I may think of some others between now and Thanksgiving and add them to the list. I’d love to hear what you are thankful for during this season.