Thursday, November 26, 2015

Giving Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving in America. For me it is a time to share a meal with extended family. My husband and I will be going to my mother's house today and meet up with 23 other relatives, including aunts, siblings, and cousins. Our tradition is to share lots of wonderful food, catch up on news of siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins and all talk about what we are thankful for this year.



Here is my list of things I am thankful for:
  • The love of my husband who has taught me much about boundaries, forgiveness, and sticking through the hard times
  • The unconditional love of my parents throughout my life
  • The support of siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins through ups and downs
  • The support of friends--some for brief periods of time when we intersected, others for decades of loyalty and support no matter where we moved or how far apart we live
  • Freedom to worship (or not worship), without persecution, as my personal path dictates--far too many countries do not allow this
  • My local church congregation who continuously teach me what it means to cherish the inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • All the teachers who taught me to love reading and education in early life, and all the professors who pushed me in college and let me run 
  • The amazing gifts that nature offers me every day--air to breathe, water to drink, trees to shade me, wind to push me, sun to nourish me, and fire to warm me. 
  • The gifts of children and grandchidren. I never thought I would have the chance for either, but through the magic of step-motherhood I now have both and cherish it
  • Modern technologies that help me communicate with those I love who live far away
  • The work of so many artists who create things to move me, challenge me, heal me--musicians, painters, sculpters, writers, actors, filmmakers, inventors
  • The unseen workers that I too often take for granted--I know you are there and I do appreciate your constancy 
Last but certainly not least ... The ability to wake up every morning and still be alive!