Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I know for most (during normal times), it’s a time of family, football, and food. But I like having a time of gratitude. I like reflecting on all I have to be thankful for. This year, I couldn’t make it off the couch. But I still have much to be grateful for.
- For Ron and Susie from church who brought us (and others) a feast for Thanksgiving.
- That the virus (for me) was not severe.
- That Mike did not get it.
- That our pantry and fridge were well supplied when I came down with it.
- I’m thankful for the Dear Hank and John podcast that kept me occupied while I was sick and I was too dizzy to read or watch videos. (Not everyone experiences dizziness with COVID, but I sure did.)
- I’m thankful for the different pace this year has been. Because of all the shutdowns, it’s given me (and others) margins in my life…to think, reflect, pray, and ponder.
- I’m thankful for all the people praying for me.
- I’m thankful for Mike.
- I’m thankful for the studio. A small house a mile from my home that I can maintain social isolation, get away from the house, and create in. It’s been a life saver.
- I’m thankful for friends. So very thankful for friends.
- I’m thankful for art materials.
- I’m thankful for online classes. I was taking them before the quarantine, and I’ve continued through the year. And while I’m pretty Zoomed out for a while, I’m also thankful for that platform.
- The biggest thing I’m thankful for is that God is faithful and kind and has been so very close to me through this in ways that's hard to describe. But I am so, so thankful.
There is an old hymn, Count Your Blessings. The chorus goes “Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings see what God has done.”
I encourage you to take some time to practice gratitude. It may surprise you.