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THANKSGIVING=Full of Thanks, Part 1

Scott on November 25, 2010 at 12:44 am

Happy Thanksgiving to the friends and readers of Verum Serum.  I hope this Thanksgiving holiday finds you at a place where you are able to be full of thanks.  I know that many of us are living through the most difficult economic times we’ve seen in our life times, and many of us are in the middle of life-situations which by their very nature make being thankful about as easy as singing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” while chewing gum underwater.

It can be difficult to remember…or maybe it can be easy to forget…that we have much to be thankful for.  Yes…even now.

Granted…it’s tough to focus on being full of thanks with all the economic, political, social and personal noise drowning out the still small voice calling us to thankfulness.  But if we listen closely, and if we consciously focus our minds on filtering out our concerns about QE2, or concerns about the next election cycle, or  concerns about the potential crisis on the Korean peninsula, or concerns about global warming, or concerns about the loss of a job…or the loss of a loved one…or the loss of a marriage.  If we can filter those things out and a myriad others besides…we are left with an awareness that there is STILL much to be thankful for in 2010.

Here’s what I am thankful for:  I am thankful for my children who keep me grounded and who give love and joy in great abundance and keep my heart buoyant (even when it feels like sinking).  I am thankful for friends and family who love  and provide strength even at times of deepest darkness.  On that score I am particularly thankful for John who has been a constant source of friendship and thoughtfulness and wry humor when I need it most.  I am thankful for our country which, I do believe, is among the greatest to have ever existed.  I am thankful for the men and women in uniform who serve our country both overseas and at here at home.  I am thankful for the personal growth and change I have seen in myself over the last 12-24 months, growth that has enabled me to become a better man than I was a few years ago.  I am thankful for my faith and thankful that the Lord is with me in the process of life, allowing me to hear His voice in books and music and in the wisdom and counsel of others.

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