Last night, my husband made our Thanksgiving Tree. It is looking a little bare at the moment, but as this Thanksgiving week progresses, it will be filled with reminders of those things we are thankful for. Psalm 107 tells us repeatedly to “…thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man.” I love that the Thanksgiving holiday calls us to slow down and consider the goodness of God in the past. I also love that right after Thanksgiving comes the season of Advent, in which we look ahead with expectation and hope for the good that God will do in the future. It’s rather fitting, isn’t it?
A few of the ways that I have experienced the steadfast love of the Lord in this past year:
- After many years as nomads, God has given us a place to set down roots.
- For opportunities for growth in each member of our family – individually and together.
- All three of my children have now been baptized, and we share in His grace together.
- Amazing women – those who are part of my local ‘real life’ and those who live in my phone because they live too far away – who I call my friends. They make my life better.
- Music, and the opportunity to make it with others.
- The change of seasons.
- The little things that just make life a little sweeter: a new book in the mail, a lit candle, the first sip of coffee in the morning, tea on a brisk afternoon, a glass of wine in the company of good friends. And chocolate. Always chocolate.
- For a church family that loves us like real family.
- The opportunity to receive Communion every. single. Sunday. Grace upon Grace.
Happiest of Thanksgivings, my friends.