This coming weekend we have Thanksgiving in Canada. It’s the one day or weekend we pause long enough to remember all the things we are thankful for. It seems obvious that we should be thankful more than just one day a year. And we are. We give thank for meals, we thank people for holding a door, lending a hand, a nice compliment or some advice. I wonder though how often we thank the people that are important in our lives. Writing this Thanksgiving blog has become an annual reminder for me of the things I am thankful for.
My list is often the same and includes:
God: for Jesus as my Saviour, for loving me/us unconditionally, for the Holy Spirit to guide us, for the Bible a book of revealing our creator and Lord; that my girls have God-fearing men in their lives. It’s His character; that which disposes him to be kind, full of good will, benevolent, gracious, slow to anger, inclined to bestow blessings, the happiness of his people.
Family: My wonderful wife, Elaine, who has loved me for over 32 years in spite of and some times because of my quirks. I can still make her laugh! My three girls (Nicole, Carolyn & Melissa) who are amazing women accomplishing great things. My two sons-in-law (Tim & Ben) are great guys and are bringing up the male ratio. For Olivia, Logan and Liam, my 3 grand kids who are growing up fast and who has make our lives so much fun. For my parents who chose to adopt me and love me. For my brothers, who, well, you know…
Friends: who are there for me, steady, faithful. Paul & Tanya, Chris & Melissa, Steve & Heather, Shea & Ruth, John, Josh, Michael, my small group, Paul & Sue, Keith & Shawn, Tim & Ellen and so many more!
Camp: I started at camp as a day camper and I’m still at camp, now as the general director of Widji plus MBC retreats and some marketing. It’s in my blood or DNA. I’m thankful for the privilege of leading so many staff over thirty five years. Camp Widjiitiwin, where ministry happens that changes lives forever, where kids can hear about Jesus, make friends, try new activities, have fun, grow; where staff grow up, lead campers and each other, become leaders.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV). There really is so much to be thankful for if we but pause to consider it.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!