This is Thanksgiving week and I am grateful to God. Like you, I can make quite a list of what I am thankful for. I will give you some of the reasons why I am grateful. Perhaps in the comments you will be willing to share what you are thankful for.
*I am grateful to God, that through Jesus, I can have relationship with him. As a result, I am also privileged to have relationship with many, many people in his church.
*I am grateful to Charlotte, for decades of marriage, for being a partner with me through each chapter of our adult lives. Together we have lived in Florence, Ala.; Pulaski, Tn.; Dallas, Tx.; Abilene Tx.; Florence, Ala. (again); Kansas City, Mo.; Waco, Tx.; and Memphis, Tn.
*I am grateful to our children Christine and Jamie (about to give birth to our new grandchild) our son-in-law Calvin, and two sweet grandchildren, Brody and Lincoln.
*I am grateful to the churches we have worked with. I am so thankful for Crestview Church of Christ where Charlotte and I invested twenty years of our lives. What a pleasure it was to serve with this church in Waco, Texas. To this day, these people encourage us. We raised our children in Waco and have so many friends there.
I am also thankful for other congregations. Just this week, Charlotte and I talked about how important our experience was in Pulaski, Tn. where we worked with a wonderful church (Richland View). They loved us as newly weds and I will always be grateful to these good people.
I am also grateful for the College Church of Christ in Florence, Ala. where I served as their preacher for almost eight years. I learned so much during these years and grew in a lot of ways. I will always be thankful.
*I am grateful for the mentors and encouragers I have been blessed with for many years. I asked these people for their time and they patiently drank coffee with me and allowed me the opportunity to ask many questions.
*I am thankful for the six mentoring groups I led while in Texas. The ministers who were in these groups make me proud.
*I am grateful for Harding School of Theology in Memphis. Since January 2014, this school has been the base of my ministry and much of my life. I am thankful for the faculty, the staff, and our wonderful students. What an outstanding school! I am grateful to work with and minister with such a wonderful group of people.
What about you? What are you especially thankful for?