For what am I thankful?

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Psalm 106: 1 … O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. 

I’m seated in my home office as I write this blog post. I would normally be out of town visiting my extended family on Thanksgiving, but not this year. Coronavirus claims another victim. Ugh. So, for what am I thankful this Thanksgiving morning?

Well, I’m thankful that my three young adult children are home with me and Jana. It’s rare when all five of us are together so that’s a treat. I’m getting the opportunity to roast my first turkey! Someone else usually does that, but this year it’s my job. I looked up a simple recipe on Google and expect it to taste yummy!

I’m grateful that my family is not food insecure, as are many people in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex where I live. To the contrary we have plenty. And a nice home in which to gather as a family. Everyone is in good health despite the coronavirus which is spreading quickly.

I’m grateful for my wonderful friends, some of whom read this blog. Also members of the congregation I serve as pastor, Rejoice Lutheran Church in Coppell, Texas. I can honestly say there’s not another place I’d rather serve than at Rejoice. We’ve had to be adaptive, flexible, persistent in the face of this pandemic, but we have done it. Together. I thank God for all of you.

Mostly I’m thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ. When our world seems to come apart at the seams, we have hope in Jesus. Peace be with you all this holiday weekend, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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