Thanksgiving has many meanings indeed. A time every year to eat a great amount of delicious food, and to get caught up with family and friends; a chance to sit in front of the tube and watch football. Prepare for Black Friday sales. All great things indeed.
When was the last time you thought about gratitude? Having spent many years in a world where a meal for many was a day to day endeavor. I am always happy to watch my wife gladly put her heart into putting a meal together that all push back from the table with a full belly and a "to go" plate when they leave. For that I am filled with gratitude for our opportunity to give to others and my wife's heart to provide abundantly.
I wake in the morning and I am filled with gratitude to my Lord in heaven for another day of living a simple gesture but one that allows me to appreciate my family, my home, the opportunity to serve others within my gifts or if you will my strengths of leadership and facilitating day by day.
As a retired Sailor I am filled with gratitude for those who have like Isiah in the good book when asked: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8 ESV) and are today sailing the seven seas or standing watch in a dusty isolated place that most of would not go too. I am humbled by your dedication to our Nation.
Then there is the place I call home and where I live. After one of the nastiest name calling elections. When it was all over the people decided, the leaders began an orderly transfer of power.
I think you get the idea, it is the simple day by day things in life that can bring the most gratitude to your life and times. So, when those times of turbulence come, take stock of the humble things that you have appreciation for during this holiday called Thanksgiving. Then press through it.
Once again, Happy Thanksgiving!