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Giving Thanks

Personal, Words

November 29, 2013

Every year, my dad writes a Thanksgiving column in which he simply states what he is thankful for. It’s not meant to be creative or exhaustive. It’s simply giving thanks. I thought of a few blog ideas regarding thanksgiving that perhaps could have been more eloquent, but I’m gonna take my dad’s lead this year and do the same. 

I am thankful that I got all my hometown girls around the breakfast table at the same time on Wednesday. A Thanksgiving miracle. I’m also thankful that there are roofs to climb and friends to climb them with no matter which town I’m in. 

I’m thankful for my family and for my great aunt who shares the Gospel each and every year for all 75 of our cousins before we eat and I’m thankful that she always serves deer beside the turkey. I’m thankful that my not-so-little cousin isn’t too cool to continue taking pictures with me every single year. 

I’m thankful for traditions like watching the Macy’s Tree Lighting and Christmas Vacation each Thanksgiving night. And I’m thankful that my dad is still around to watch them with me. 

I’m thankful for the friends I have at school. For the ones I share my heart with and the ones I just share hellos with. I’m thankful for the way they have all shaped and encouraged me over the past 4 years. 

I’m thankful to be done with the bulk of my work for a hard semester. I’m thankful that a lot of that work gave me the chance to learn more about myself and about others. 

I’m thankful for the BCM and for the growth I have experienced through the investment of the people there. I’m thankful that I am sad to be entering into my final semester of college, because that means I’ve had a great experience along the way. 

I’m thankful for my new church home and family in Athens at Oconee Heights Baptist. I’m thankful that they let me sing barefoot every Sunday and for the community and grace that is offered freely every single week. 

I’m thankful for the stress of not knowing what path to choose after graduation – because that means I have multiple opportunities to choose from. I’m thankful that God knows what I will be doing a year from now, even though I don’t. 

I’m thankful that God is patient with me and my ever-changing heart and mind. And that He is constant and good. 

Mostly, I’m thankful for His grace and forgiveness for me through Jesus Christ and that this alone is enough to be thankful for. 

For these and all my many blessings, I thank Thee, O Lord. 

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