November 24, 2022
On Thanksgiving Day, I reflect on all the prayers of gratitude I have shared with God over the past year. While I occasionally thank God for small victories – we paid our bills this month, a conflict was resolved, etc. – more often than not I find myself thanking God for the people He has put in my life.
When I count my blessings, I count people. I am blessed by my marriage to Carol, my best friend who said “I do” at the altar over 39 years ago. I am blessed to have four awesome kids and ten full-of-energy grandchildren.
I am blessed to have had parents that taught me right from wrong, brought me up in the faith, and taught me what it means to serve others.
I am blessed to be a part of strong faith communities. These communities are gifts because of the people that fill those pews, hallways, classrooms and offices. They give me hope for the future, hope for the larger Church.
Good and Gracious God,
Thank you for the gift of family. Thank you for the people, both those living and those with You, who have impacted my life. Thank you for the opportunity to worship and work in places where there are people who make me better by simply being around them. Thank you for putting people in my life who value and affirm me, while at the same time holding me accountable.
I know that I am blessed and pray to stay mindful of paying it forward.
In gratitude, I pray. Amen.
May you and your family enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and take time to reflect on the blessings – the people – God has put in your lives.