I am still thankful…

This morning I was reading Psalm 79 this morning, and I was really hoping to find a lot of hope and a good thought for Thanksgiving.  What I found was loss, conflict and a virtual storm. However, after the psalmist talks about all of this sadness and suffering, he makes this powerful declaration in Psalm 79:13.

“But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”

What a statement!  What a declaration of thanks in the midst of a storm!

After reading this I opened my journal and instead of praying through my prayer list, I decided just to say thank you to God.  Here is what came to mind…

  1. I am thankful for my salvation and the fact that God will allow me to approach Him in prayer.
  2. I am thankful for the fact that God has been so faithful to me in spite of my unfaithfulness to Him.
  3. I am thankful for my wife – Julie – who has been such a treasure and a constant source of encouragement to me.
  4. I am thankful for my son – Caleb – who sees life differently and challenges me to do the same.
  5. I am thankful for my son – Nathan – who helps me face my own frailty as I help him face his.
  6. I am thankful for my mom who taught me generosity and love.
  7. I am thankful for my church family and ministry.
  8. I am thankful for a mind to think and grasp the goodness of God’s love for me.
  9. I am thankful for a home to share with others.
  10. I am thankful for the finances God has given us.  It’s not a lot, but more than many in our world.
  11. I am thankful for friends who encourage me.
  12. I am thankful for my chair that reminds me to rest from my work.
  13. I am thankful for the fact that we never lack for food in our home.
  14. I am thankful for pastor friends that remind me that I am being prayed for.
  15. I am thankful for the life that I live.  It is a good one!

What are you thankful for?  Take sometime this week and make a list.  If you would like, comment below and share it with all of us.

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