Ah, Thanksgiving. A day where we take special care to reflect on our lives and how blessed we truly are. And eat turkey.
Jehovah’s Witnesses treat Thanksgiving as any other day; the reasoning is that we should be thankful every day, not just once a year.
This is a very valid argument, but I see nothing wrong with having a day where we take inventory, making sure that we’re living our lives as good stewards of all that God has given us.
So, here is a list (by no means exhaustive, and in no particular order) of things for which I am thankful:
My amazing children. They are the light of my life. I glimpsed the love that God must have for us the very first time I looked into their eyes. I feel blessed to have such strong and healthy little boys.
My wonderful husband. If we had never married, I would still be a better person simply by having known him.
Our (soon-to-be-beautiful) home, and all of the hands that have helped us out during our remodel. The impact of your assistance (through times both difficult and easy) can never be underestimated.
My sisters and brothers and mother by marriage. You have restored my faith in the unconditional love of family.
My mother. I will emulate her strengths and learn from her weaknesses. She went through a lot in her childhood, and if the goal of a good parent is to do better by your own kids… then she succeeded. I hope I can do the same for my children.
The Bible. I’ve been able to read and study with an open mind and heart, and I’m amazed by what I have been learning. I finally have a peaceful and honest relationship with God, knowing what His sacrifice truly means.
Being a stay-at-home Mom. It’s a difficult financial sacrifice, but one that I’ve gratefully embraced. I am so blessed to be able to stay at home and raise our children for as long as possible.
Our troops and their families. There is a special place in my heart for our military, they and their loved ones are enduring so much during this holiday season, and my prayers and appreciative spirit are with them.
“No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessolonians 5:18, New Living Translation