There’s a great song by Don Henley called My Thanksgiving. It’s really one of those songs that is written with no imagery, just a straight forward conversation about what he’s thinking at the moment… (These type of songs are my favorite.)
Now the trouble with you and me, my friend
Is the trouble with this nation
Too many blessings, too little appreciation
And I know that kind of notion, well, it just ain’t cool
So send me back to Sunday school…
Is this not where we are at the moment? Aren’t we so caught up with our busy lives, with things that fill our schedule to the max, responding to the next Facebook/Twitter post that we don’t slow down long enough to enjoy what we have…?
We need to take a moment, stop and give thanks… It’s simple! Like Charlie Brown simple…
Linus: In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this: ‘We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.”
Peppermint Patty: Amen.
We, as a country, are so blessed beyond what most of the world can even get their heads around. We have more, do more, eat more, experience more, but IMO we take it all for granted.
So let me slow down, take a moment and give thanks!
Here’s my Thanksgiving list…
I am thankful for the 4 walls that some would call a house, but I call a home.
I am thankful for a job that let’s me be “who I am”, let’s me chase my passion of music, and provides the comfortable living I am so blessed to have.
I am thankful for friends, who I call misfits, that understand me. Friends that don’t judge me. Friends that have my back. Friends that correct me when I am wrong.
I am thankful for this blog, and the readers I have. Thankful for this outlet to let loose the thoughts in my head, to shine a light on things, to share what’s in my heart. I hope it makes people think, makes people smile and challenges what you believe on occasion.
I am thankful for former (and current) pastors and friends who helped shape me, mold me, who taught me, and still teach me how to “walk with God”.
I am thankful for music, all kinds of music. It’s the vessel God uses to speak to me, to “reach me”. I just love when a song touches my soul, that moment is just “goosebumps”. It doesn’t get any better than that…
I am thankful for my extended family, we are not normal. We are spread out, well blended and to the outside world, we make look a little crazy. But the love that runs through my moms, my brothers and wives and all the nieces, nephews, cousins and “in-laws” make this family one I cherish!
I am thankful for my son, who over the last 12 months has truly become a man. He’s a college student, a caring person who feels things deeply, a comedian, a gamer and a long haired man of God!
I am thankful for my daughter, who is navigating the dangerous waters of High School. She doesn’t compromise in what she believes, and doesn’t sacrifice who she is just to “fit in”. She sees the world as it should be seen, where everyone should love each other first, and work out our differences accordingly!
I am thankful for my wife. What a gift God has given me over these 25+ years. Our relationship has changed, but it keeps getting better, which is hard to comprehend sometimes. Her passion for life, for our children, for me, for God is something to behold! I am truly half a person, cause she is the other half, I can’t imagine the world without her in it…
I am thankful, and say thank you to God for ALL that you just read. Everything in my life has God’s fingerprints all over it, as I get older, as I mature in my faith, these things become more and more clear.
I hope that YOU have a great Thanksgiving.
I hope that you take time, slow down and look around at the blessings you have.
I pray that you have what you look for, what you search for, what you pray for in your life.
I have included a Thanksgiving playlist. Some of it is fun, some of it is meant to celebrate and give thanks. The Don Henley song I mentioned above is on it… Music, for me, gets my heart and head in the right place. I hope it does the same for you…
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