Simple. Nothing is required but to be thankful.
- No toys to be purchased.
- No decorations or lights to be hung.
- No cards to send.
- No financial burden (except a turkey, and most of them are deeply discounted this time of year).
This year I'm thankful for many things ...
- My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who came to Earth to save me.
- My beautiful wife, who is the best help meet I could have imagined.
- The smart, gorgeous children God has given us. Each one is unique and wonderful.
- My brother and sisters. Even though we've had our differences, I couldn't imagine my life without them.
- In laws, cousins, brothers and sisters in law and other extended family who love us and care for us.
- My DNA accountability group. We are few, but we are faithful.
- My (relatively) good health.
- Our church, some of whom are like family to us.
- Our LEAH home school group, who have surrounded my wife with an overwhelming blanket of prayer and love in the face of devastating news.
- An excellent team of doctors and nurses.
- My work family who check on me every day to see how I'm holding up.
- The kind people who provided a Thanksgiving basket to us, "just because."
- A warm home.
- Reliable vehicles.
- And, of course, pumpkin pie. :)
So, this year on my favorite holiday I am filled with gratitude for all the things, both tangible and intangible, that God has provided for me and my family. I do not know what this year will bring, but I am confident that He will see us through it.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)