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It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a gratitude list!

Here’s mine:

  • I’m thankful for Michigan’s beautiful seasons. Fall is my favorite and I never tire of the beautiful display of color from Labor Day to Thanksgiving!     photo-1476728986388-24bf950ea3b3
  • I’m thankful for open discussion and frank conversation, and the ability to do both without fear of governmental reprisal.
  • I’m thankful for the peaceful protestors, the respectful dissenters. And I’m thankful that every 4 years we get another chance to voice our opinion and make that opinion count. Our opinions matter – every one of us.
  • I’m thankful for intelligent conversation, between family and friends, and for those who have not resorted to name-calling, backbiting and insults… 
  • BUT – I’m thankful to live in a country where even when people do resort to unsavory rhetoric, there is no fear of retribution, we are free to air our viewpoint even if we don’t always do it eloquently.  I’m grateful for those who can disagree peaceably and respectfully and without damaging relationships and friendships.
  • I’m thankful for family,  gathering this week. For food on the table and the resources that provide it  all – and so much more.photo-1475502085205-ffe028919c87
  • I’m thankful for  farmers who provide us all the good, healthy food we can eat. They are the backbone of this country – where would we be without them?
  • I’m thankful for our military; the fact that they put their lives on the line,  and their families’ lives on hold. Too many make the ultimate sacrifice  for our safety, for our freedom, and for freedom of people around the world.  There is no greater gift than that.
  • I’m thankful for people whose word still means something. People of integrity, who do their job and honor their commitment like it’s the most important thing on earth. From teachers to health care workers to the kid who bags your groceries and the handyman who shows up when he says he will.  It always touches me when someone does a really good job and  takes real pride in giving you the best service they can.
  • And I’m thankful that we can worship God freely and without fear. Anytime, anywhere, any religionphoto-1461709444300-a6217cec3dff we choose. It’s a pretty awesome privilege, if you think about it.

I urge you to find something to be grateful for this week. And to thank God for it.  No matter how bleak things may seem, there is always something to appreciate!

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever. Ps 107:1

At the risk of sounding cliche, life  really is  10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

What’s at the top of your gratitude list?

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