These beautiful girls were about to offer thanks for the food we were about to receive at the end of a long weeks worth of work. They had been working along side us, pretty sure mostly laughing at how silly we grown folks were. I was thankful for them, and their willingness to put up with a bunch of strange gringos. But then again, they are preachers kids, pretty sure they have to put up with a lot.

I cannot express how thankful I am for the life that I am blessed in living. In my teaching career, I spend my days with students who want an education to get a better career to sustain their families. Most of them never imagined they would ever be in college, and when I hear some of their stories I can’t imagine how they ever got there and how they remain. But they do, and I am thankful. In my church career, I have two principle tasks; teaching the confirmation class and offering the children a message in worship. The 11 and 12 year olds overwhelm me with their intelligence and inquisitiveness, they have begun asking “can we ask any question or does it have to be about this topic?” The little children in worship are so wiggly and uncontrollable, it is how I feel but can’t express, and I am so thankful for all of them. I have this wide ranging bizarre conglomeration of friends and acquaintances that reach all over the globe, and doing amazing and brilliant things. I have a smaller closer group of friends that keep me in check and urge me on. I have a small but close family that is loving and tolerant of me both when I am here and away. And for all this I am thankful.

Let’s remember, and I will, to share our thankfulness with others.



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