This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful for Life

Life seems to be more precious now than ever. Precious and valuable is every moment that I have the gift of life.  This gift comes from our Father in heaven.

Some Thanksgivings are filled with much joy and blessing, some with sorrow and grief. Sometimes they are all mixed together.

I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for prayer being answered in the way I asked. But it didn’t come without struggle. It didn’t come without fear. It didn’t come without the ever-present reality that life (and death) are always in his hands, not mine.

I am walking through this Thanksgiving week abundantly thankful for the gift of Deklyn Marchaun Davis. I am walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful that I, too, lived to see another day.

I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for the life and death of family members. An organ donor gave one a second chance for a quality of life not known in recent years, while another was called to go home to see our Savior.

I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for sitting with someone who had a stroke right in front of me, but today is home and knows who they are, who I am, and whose they are.

I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for a loving wife of 46+ years, who has done me good all the days of my life. I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for the children that we were given and the lives they are living. This past week we met a couple who had longed ten years to have children but could not so they adopted 4 children over the next few years, then God gave them one of their own. But the real story is they said the turning point from despair, anger, frustration, and disappointment over not having children was when they stopped wanting children so they could say look what we have, but when they said we need children so that we can be a blessing to them.

I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for that they realize as I have over the years that the parents don’t make the children, its the children who make the parents.

I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for those tears make you move to cuddle and rescue, they make you work and provide with Gods help. They make you want to serve them as you serve God. Sometimes those children even cause you to turn to the Lord when you walk in disobedience and defiance of Gods clear plan.

I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for coworkers and noworkers, friends and frienemies that caused me to cry out for help from God and He delivered.

I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for my mother, my brother the family clans to which I was born for giving me good genes and a strong example of faith through generations of aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who follow the God of creation.

I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for my wife’s family and all the connections that came through the blessed event of marriage. I gained more sisters and brothers and cousins and nieces and nephews, more mothers and fathers. God has truly been great.

I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for the knowledge that even if my life events did not contain all this. God would still be God.

I’m walking through this Thanksgiving week thankful for this…..if it had not been for the Lord on my side……Tell me where would I be?

We all have much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, and every day, really.
 
Tomorrow I will kiss my wife with a thankful heart. I will celebrate with friends, with a thankful heart. I will enjoy the good gifts that God has given with a thankful heart. Life is a gift that I don’t deserve. And I will relish the goodness I thought was lost forever but God saw fit to save me anyhow. He’s here and so am I. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
 
“Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign LORD rescues us from death.”—Psalm 68:20 (NLT)

Happy Thanksgiving All

Published by Benjamin

Servant of all I meet through the power of Jesus, Husband of one, Sandra, father of three and grateful to express my faith. Because like the apostle Paul I was once one of the worst of sinners, but through grace, mercy and peace from God now I am saved eternally.

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