November is a good time to focus on the practice of giving thanks. Taking time to thank God regularly is a very helpful part of our spiritual life. I try each day to do prayer of thanksgiving to God for the events of that day. Some days, I have lots of things that come easily to mind for which to give thanks. Then there are those days when I have to think hard to come up with reasons to give thanks. But there is always something!
I’ve been thinking about some things I’ve thankful for this year. Here are some of them:
- For my wife Deborah, our children, and grandchildren.
- For our daughter Heather’s first wedding anniversary November
- For another year as priest at St. George’s.
- For the road trip that Deb and I did last summer across the country, seeing family and
- For a vacation trip to Maui last February with our good friends Bob and Pat.
- For our animals at home, especially for our cat Jessie’s making it through a serious illness since
- For basic good health for Deb and me and the provision for our needs for housing, food, medical care, and transportation.
- For some positive improvements to our house, including new windows and coverings, new heater and air conditioning, and new low-water use front yard (mulch and plants instead of grass).
- For the opportunity to do some consulting with churches, something I’ve wanted to do for some
- For relationships and accomplishments in our diocese through intercultural ministry and the
This is a partial list; I’m sure that I’ll think of other things to add. I encourage you to make your own list of things for which you thank God. Being thankful to God does not make everything perfect; we all still have challenges, difficulties, and losses in our lives. But giving thanks regularly helps me stay focused on God’s goodness and on the positive things in my life. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving this month!
In Jesus’ love,