The apostle Paul wrote, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

I am thankful for many things. Here are a few of the things for which I am thankful.

I am thankful to God for allowing me to know Him and the salvation He has given me as a gift of His grace through Christ Jesus, my Lord.

I am thankful for the life God has given me and for all the things I have experienced in it – the good as well as the bad. They have in great measure made me what I am today.

I am thankful for the years I have been able to devote to service in God’s kingdom and for all the encouragement I have received from so many others along the way.

I am thankful for the memory of my parents. They, in more ways than I can count, molded me and set me on the right path in life.

I am thankful for a good family. I am thankful that all three of our children are responsible, respectable citizens contributing to the well-being of others. And of course I am thankful for four wonderful grandchildren who will be with us today – if not in presence, then in our heart.

Most of all I am thankful for my loving and faithful wife who endured almost 54 years of life with me. My deepest sorrow is that I will not able to enjoy more years with her while at the same time thankful that she was a faithful, well loved Christian and a friend to so many people. I am thankful for the hope I have of seeing her again some wonderful day.

I am thankful for the things I have. God, help me to be content with these.

I am thankful for the many friends I have known. I still treasure these wonderful people and honor the memory of those friends who have gone on to be with the Lord. Today, more than ever, I am reminded of the value of friends. I could not have made it through the past year without the Lord and the many, many good friends who have stood beside me, prayed for me and lifted me up when I lacked the strength to go on.

And last, but not least, a heartfelt “Thank you” to all my many Facebook friends who read my ramblings each day. I have had numerous of people tell me personally that they read my posts every day. So many of you have clicked that “like” button or made comments, and I thank you for that. I consider a “like” as an “amen!” I heard it said years ago that saying “amen” to a preacher is like saying “sic ’em” to a dog! Just know that I appreciate it every time you let me know when I have said something that helps you. All this makes what I am doing one of the most rewarding things I have ever done – and one of the most enjoyable!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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