Posted by: ritagone | November 21, 2012

Give Thanks

It’s the day before Thanksgiving here in the United States, so it’s almost inappropriate to write about anything else except what I’m thankful for.  I hope as I write that you’ll think along the same lines to begin listing the many, many people and things that you also can be thankful for.

We should be doing this each and every day, but if we don’t do it on Thanksgiving (or the day before as we prepare food as well as thanks), we’re really guilty of missing a great opportunity.

So here goes:  my Thanksgiving thanks:

  • Of course, first and foremost, I’m always aware of the mysterious and amazing fact that almost 44 years ago now, God became a reality to me.  It could have gone so differently, but then I wouldn’t be here writing this to you.  I wouldn’t be married to Michael, I wouldn’t be mother to Dana and Matt.  So much in my life would not be as it is today.  God’s presence and Jesus’ arms around me have sustained me and will continue to do so for the rest of my life…and thankful doesn’t even begin to say it.
  • I’m thankful for my family and how they enrich my life.  I can’t imagine my existence without them.  I’d have to write several hundred Rita’s Ramblings to capture what they mean to me, each and every one of them, and how my own days are elevated because they are a part of them.
  • Friends.  Old, young, new, long-standing.  You know who you are and you know why I love you.  Every time we laugh together or cry together, my heart overflows with thanks.  It never ends.
  • I’m grateful for the privilege of going to church and worshiping, of being in smaller groups and worshiping, of sitting in my home alone and worshiping.  I hope I never lose the desire and the ability to worship God wherever I am and whatever else I’m doing.
  • I’m thankful for the privilege of being a part of Christian Associates and the amazing people who serve all over the world in that ministry, on the board, on leadership teams, in church plants and projects in places I’ve visited and places I haven’t yet.  When I get too old to serve, I’m thankful for the privilege to pray for CA and the people I love there.
  • I’m thankful for other ministries serving selflessly around the world and at home, people sacrificing time and money and energetically doing what needs to be done to make the world a better place.
  • I’m thankful for the home I live in, knowing that many in other places are less fortunate and have no roof over their head, no heat, no furniture.  Why me?  Why such blessings poured out on my life?  I never will understand why I am so chosen, but I nevertheless am thankful.
  • I’m thankful for health, which is uncertain for all of us and can be gone from one day to the next, or even one hour to the next.  While I have it, though, I want to appreciate it, and when and if it goes, may I greet whatever my circumstances may be with great fortitude and stamina and some semblance of a smile.
  • I’m thankful for books and movies and fires in fireplaces and sunsets and M&M’s and all the good things of life that are accessories, not necessities, but which make everything sparkle just a little bit more.  I hope that if I ever lose these things, I can still bask in the glory of the air around me.
  • I’m thankful for the ability to think and sing and smile and cry.
  • I’m thankful that sometimes – albeit awkwardly – I can manage to get some of my feelings down on paper or electronically.  And sometimes someone else reads what I write and smiles and shakes his or her head and nods with understanding and agreement and appreciation.
  • There’s so much more to be thankful for that if I kept on listing those things, you’d be reading right through your own Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow, and I’d forget about cooking and then miss mine too.  So let’s just call it a day and come to the conclusion that God is good and life is amazing and on Thanksgiving of all days we should really, truly stop and give thanks.
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Responses

  1. …and most of all, I’m thankful for my wonderful son, Matt, who shows me every day what it means to live life to its fullest and to seize those moments we often overlook or take for granted.

    : ) I love you mom. I’m thankful for you.

    • Matt, you always make me laugh. I am indeed thankful for you, but wouldn’t it have been better to let ME say it???? See you tomorrow!!!

  2. Hahaha Matts comment…. He is definitely inherited both his parents wittiness … Or is it wit ? I love u Rita , you are so real and authentic and have such a gift of knowing how to put ” life into words” And you are a wonderful friend. I thank God for the gift of you😊. Happy Thanksgiving, Jana

    • Jana, thank you so much for your kind words. You are one of the dear friends unnamed but thought of in this posting. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, and see you soon.

  3. Rita, you’ve touched my heart. Thank you for your beautiful words. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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