By John Sheda
St. Paul challenges us in Ephesians 5:20 “To give thanks to the Father for everything.”
Of course, not all of life’s circumstances are always worthy of thanks, but probably in any circumstance we go through, we can find others going through much worse.
So, although difficult, it is a worthwhile quest to at least try and give thanks for as much as you can. Life becomes a little sweeter if we can do this more often.
Following are a whole bunch of things, in no particular order, for which I am thankful on Thanksgiving Day:
Love, laughter, music, cellphones, movies, books, shoes, your job, your bed, your home, your soul mate, your mistakes, life’s challenges, computers, blogs, The Gazette, time, your parents, your children, those beautiful grandchildren, (shoulda had them first), your friends, your senses, your mind, your good health, your school, your teachers, tears, disappointment, fears, pain (for helping you become a stronger person), sadness, happiness.
Also, the sun, a beautiful sunset, fresh snow, the fall colors, a trip to the Amanas, a baseball game and hot dog, watching a Little League game, listening to your child or grandchild in the band, a gorgeous sunrise, Mother Nature for its beauty, your church family, your friendly senior center, hugs, strong handshakes, singing your favorite song, re-watching your favorite movie (mine is “Rudy”), winter walks in the mall, summer walks in the park, nurses (my daughter just passed her boards).
Also, marriage (38 years for us), birthdays, ice cream, whistling, those good old TV shows and cable to be able to watch them, a candlelit dinner with a loved one, a car that runs and has heat and a CD player, a grandfather who listens, a grandmother who still kisses you all over, a favorite uncle, an aunt who never forgets your birthday, your friends (especially your best friend) and also your enemies — who are eager to remind you that you’re not perfect and can actually help you become a better person.
The list can and should go on and on. This Thanksgiving, go around the table and keep sharing things you’re thankful for. Keep going, but don’t let the mashed potatoes get too cold.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
John Sheda is pastor of Living Water Church in Independence. Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 334-4117