I thankful for this time of year. I love the lights and the Christmas songs. The food, the time with family and friends, the reminders that Jesus is the reason we celebrate, and for the kindness that some people decide to share. Thanksgiving and Christmas always remind me of childhood memories of going to my grandma’s house and my family would gather with my cousins, aunt and uncle and enjoy great food, making Christmas cookies, and presents, of course. I really miss those times, and I’m thankful that my grandma was there to orchestrate those activities during my years in Arizona.
I’m thankful for the people I have gotten to know in Oklahoma. I’m thankful for the friends who have stayed close over the years even though we’ve been separated by distance and lack of time. I’m thankful for my church and for pastors who are willing to preach the truth directly from the Bible. I’m thankful for my mom, my dad, and my brother. It has just been the four of us since we moved here, and although we’ve been through many rough patches, I’m still glad to call them family.
I’m thankful to have a job. There are many people who live on much less and can still find things to be grateful for, so I have no right to complain about the things I have been blessed with. I’m thankful that besides a cold or sinus infection once in a while, I have lived a fairly healthy life. I still have the ability to see, hear, smell, touch, think, breathe, run, and I could go on…there are many who have lost some of these abilities or never had them in the first place, so I am definitely grateful for 28 years of good health. I’m also thankful that I was born in a country where we have so many freedoms and privileges. I’m thankful for the soldiers who have fought to protect those freedoms and those who are still fighting or have given their lives for this country. I’m thankful for those who guard and protect us within our own borders: the firefighters, policemen, paramedics, nurses, and doctors. Those who carry out these tasks with honesty and integrity are America’s true heroes.
I’m thankful the beauty of nature. It’s fun observing animals and their quirky habits, especially cats. I’m thankful for interesting weather patterns and clouds. Thunderstorms and snow always create an exciting day. I’m thankful for the beautiful landscapes I’ve observed as I’ve traveled through different states and the pictures I’ve seen from around the world. God has created such amazing sights to behold. I’m thankful for the many different ways people have to express themselves. It’s inspiring to experience the writing, music, painting, or other forms of art that people have made.
There are so many day-by-day things that I sometimes take for granted. In my own selfishness, I sometimes forget what I have been given and only focus on what I wish I had. I'm thankful for the quiet moments to reflect on what God has blessed me with. I'm thankful that He sent His son to die on the cross and rise again to save us from our sins. Without God's amazing love and mercy, I would have nothing. I think taking the time to remember God's love and blessings is the most important part of this season. May God bless you during this coming month and have a Merry Christmas!