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Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.  1 Chronicles 29:13 (NIV)

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this extended weekend, allow me to share some (but certainly not exhaustively all) of the reasons I am expressing my gratitude to God throughout today.

I give thanks for the things God has provided me.  Knowing that I could have lived at any time and in any place, I thank God that I live now.  I thank God for the combustion engine that enables me to travel, via automobile, more than a mile a minute.  I thank God for cellular service that enables me to contact anyone anywhere nearly instantaneously.  I thank God for sensible shoes, frivolous ties and (literally) a million other inventions – the ball point pen, the coffee maker and dulce de leche.

I give thanks for the health with which God has blessed me.  Living in the midst of the greatest medical centers in the world, I thank God that I live in Boston.  I thank God for neighborhood clinics and physician assistants.  I thank God for blood tests and blood pressure meds.  I thank God for access to good foods and the willpower to avoid junk foods.

I give thanks for abilities with which God has equipped me.  Working in Dorchester, I thank God that I am using my talents to accomplish some good.  I thank God that I have a mind that processes biblical texts logically and creatively.  I thank God that I have a strong enough back to mow the lawn.  I thank God for the experiences (personally and professionally) to shape me in such a way that I can be useful.

I give thanks for the nature God has placed all around me.  To quote Mark Twain, “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”  I thank God for the colors of the seasons – white snows, green grasses, red roses and yellow leaves – and the fluctuations in temperature.  I thank God for the mighty oceans, the babbling brooks, the majestic mountains and the vast skies.  I thank God for the variety and diversity of life all around me.

I give thanks for the kindred God has given me.  There are so many people with whom God has enabled me to share my life.  I thank God for my immediate family, who are the five most incredible people I know.  I thank God for my family of origin, another five amazing people God has given me.  I thank God for all the relatives these family bonds have created – those who are part of my tribe through marriage and birth.  I thank God for my church family, past and present, who have shaped my expression of faith.  I thank God for fifty years of friendships, some of whom have become as close as blood.

I give thanks for the Savior God has become for me.  Ultimately, I thank God for doing what no one else could have ever done for me: sacrificing everything to suffer and die to satisfy the price and penalty for my sin.  I thank God that He condescended to live among us and endured crucifixion to confer eternal life to all who confess Him as Lord and Savior.

Yesterday may have been Thanksgiving.  Today and every day is given to us to express thanks to God.

Thank God!

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.  1 Chronicles 29:13 (NIV)

As I approach my birthday (I turn 50 in 58 days), I have been ‘suffering’ from a mild mid-life crisis which reveals itself in moments of regret.  At those times I have voiced to my loving wife the things that I wish I had acquired by now and the things that I wish I had done by now.  She graciously hears my whining and graciously responds, “You should think about all that you have; you have a lot to be thankful for.”  So, as we celebrate Thanksgiving next week, allow me to share fifteen things for which I am thankful to God in 2015: thanksgiving

  1. I give God thanks for the people in my life who are better friends and better family than I am;
  2. I give God thanks that a relative’s 13-month prognosis has been extended to 23 months and beyond;
  3. I give God thanks for those who lavish me with gifts;
  4. I give God thanks for the soft jazz stylings of Weatherscan© that sets my feet to dancing many mornings;
  5. I give God thanks for the smell of spring rain, the feel of beach sand between my toes, the sound of fall leaves crunching under my feet and the sight of new-fallen snow;
  6. I give God thanks for a stable and rewarding position within a wonderful church in an extraordinary neighborhood in an extraordinary city;
  7. I give God thanks that I learned how to play the saxophone and the guitar;
  8. I give God thanks for the current gastronomic trend of gourmet burgers;
  9. I give God thanks for my ability, with simply my cell phone, to capture quality photographs of everyday delights;
  10. I give God thanks for gas that can be acquired for less than 2 dollars;
  11. I give God thanks for wonderful colleagues and the blessings I receive monthly discussing books I would never choose to read on my own;
  12. I give God thanks for twenty-six years of marriage, twenty-one years of parenting and about a million pleasant memories,
  13. I give God thanks for blue jeans and sweatshirts;
  14. I give God thanks for nine world championships in New England in the last 15 years;
  15. I give God thanks for Thanksgiving, that North American invention that allows me to stop and consider all that God has given me.

With all seriousness, I live a blessed life.  I am grateful for a wonderful family of origin, blessed with a woman who married me and gifted with four children who love me.  I am grateful that I have a good job that provides for my earthly needs.  I am grateful that I live in the United States and under a benevolent government.  I am grateful that I have a roof over my head, keys to a vehicle in my pocket and food in the fridge.  I am grateful because I have much more than enough.

What about you?  What can you share as we celebrate and practice Thanksgiving?