Thanksgiving 2010 is pretty much history. I should be in bed asleep resting up for a day at work tomorrow, but I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on the day.
Thanksgiving is a day when not only most Americans over eat, but more importantly we reflect back on the blessings of the past year and give thanks for them. I did have a wonderful day with Jeremy, Nate, and Lindsay. I got to talk with Stephanie and my mom, sister and her family. For these things I am grateful. I would have talked with my brother and his wife, but they are off on a weekend in northern MI. Other friends I greeted via the Internet.
Even with everything going on during the day I did take time both this morning and again after our Thanksgiving dinner to look back over the year past year seeking things to give thanks for. I'm not going to try and pretend it hasn't been a difficult year in many ways, but I did find much to be thankful for. Of course I am very thankful for my children and the rest of my family. Also for my many friends who have shown their love and support in many ways. I am thankful for each of my jobs and the people I work with at each of them. I can honestly say there is not a one of my fellow employees or bosses that I do not enjoy being with. I am extremely thankful that when I fell and broke my collarbone and needed stitches over my eye that that is the only damage I did to myself. It could have been so much worse.
The thing that I am most thankful for this year is a growing relationship with God. Through a variety of means including daily devotional readings, bible study and prayer I am learning more about his unconditional love for me. A love so deep and passionate that I have a hard time comprehending its fullness. I am learning to lean on him and trust him and his direction. The hardest part is I am having to learn to be patient to accept his timing in my life and believe that he does have a plan for where my life is headed.
Thanksgiving for all of life's blessings is something that should take place each and every day. Not just on the fourth Thursday of November. I pray that I can remember this. I want to spend time each day looking for the blessing contained there in. For no matter how bad a day might look on the surface there are always many things to be grateful for. I want an attitude of gratitude!