The Thanksgiving post

I don’t go all mushy on you all very often, but here goes…

Of course I am thankful for the usual list: my health, the health of my family, prosperity, freedom – including the right to rant away in this blog, and good friends. My world is very, very easy, and I know that. This life is a gift and I am grateful.

This morning I opened Facebook to catch up with the world and saw where a friend’s list included something I don’t think I’d have considered without his mentioning it, my salvation. It was the first thing he listed.

My faith rides enormous waves. Sometimes the seas are calm and it’s taken for granted; sometimes it crests on huge swells with very unexpected triggers. And then sometimes it slaps me down hard against the water and I’m threatened with drowning. It would be easy to have the constant assurance of a strong faith, but that’s never happened for me.

I am very glad that I live in a country where – so far at least – I have the absolute right to PRACTICE a faith, even if I don’t always get it. I am so very grateful for the freedom to choose if I even want to acknowledge God.

Traveling so much I’ve seen it both ways. There are countries where a great deal of devotion exists, but it doesn’t always feel as though that devotion is offered freely. There are also countries where devotion was the center of their ancestor’s lives, but there’s very little practice any longer. I’m fortunate to live in a country where anyone can find a spiritual home if that’s desired.

So enjoy the football; enjoy the food; heck, even enjoy the stack of sale ads that came in today’s paper!; but by all means, enjoy your freedom. May your faith come easily.



  1. smile

    enjoy the day and weekend

  2. Randy in Richmond says:

    From the state that celebrated the first Thanksgiving in the New World in 1619 (2 years before that other one), I echo your sentiments especially since events in my life this past year have covered both ends of the joy spectrum.