Many of us cherish Thanksgiving traditions. Some value the feast of certain foods. Some value the time to get together with family. Some value the time off and perhaps a time to travel. Some value watching the Macy's Day Parade or a football game on television. Some value the time to start celebrating the Christmas season by decorating and shopping.
As for me, I have identified with many of those values over the years, but I find that I am in a slightly different place this year. I certainly enjoy and will enjoy the time with family and eating a traditional turkey dinner that my dad will enjoy preparing, but I find that am searching for something that is more spiritually enriching for this year's holiday. So, in an effort to get this holiday season started off on a spiritual note, here are a few of my "thanksgivings":
I am thankful for being a child of God, my baptism, and the calling to ministry;
I am thankful for Charles and his unending love and support;
I am thankful for my family and friends;
I am thankful for being called to serve at All Saints' Church and the joy I have in doing so;
I am thankful for the abundant ways that members and staff of All Saints' Church have made me feel at home;
I am thankful for the many, many students and families that I have had opportunity to teach, encourage, and know;
I am thankful for getting to live in Lakeland;
I am thankful for music and creative ways to express myself;
I am thankful for my health;
I am thankful for having a purpose in life.
The list could continue on an on and get more specific, so perhaps that will be my meditation over the next week. I hope my thoughts encourage you to meditate on a list of your own.