Happy Thanksgiving!

On Thanksgiving Day, I reflect on all the prayers of gratitude I have shared with God over the past year. While I occasionally thank God for small victories – we paid our bills this month, a conflict was resolved, etc. – more often than not I find myself thanking God for the people He has put in my life.

When I count my blessings, I count people. I am blessed to have Carol, my best friend who said “I do” at the altar over 38 years ago. I am blessed to have the four best kids in the world as my children. (You may think your own children are the best in the world, but please note they could not possibly rank any higher than 5th)

I am blessed to have had parents that taught me right from wrong, brought me up in the faith, and taught me what it means to serve others.

I am blessed to belong to some wonderful faith communities. These communities are gifts not because of the buildings or the “stuff,” but because of the people that fill those pews, hallways, classrooms and offices.

Good and Gracious God,

Thank you for the gift of family. Thank you for the people, both those living and those with You, who have impacted my life. Thank you for the opportunity to worship and work in places where there are people who make me better by simply being around them. Thank you for putting people in my life who challenge me.

I know that I am blessed and pray to stay mindful of paying it forward.

In gratitude, I pray. Amen.

May you and your family enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and take time to reflect on the blessings – the people – God has put in your lives.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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