A Quirky Thanksgiving Day Blessings List

To be grateful on Thanksgiving Day is not unusual; it’s even to be encouraged.  But how strange is voicing my gratitude for the less mentioned gifts from my Creator?  I awoke this morning feeling blessed for the experiences I’ve had that my dad missed…

1.  The physical inconveniences, aches and pains that come with growing older which my dad, who died at 61, never got to appreciate, (many of which are unmentionable in polite company.)

2.  Fifty years of living with and loving my “bad boy from Brooklyn.”

3. Knowing how much my dad would have enjoyed seeing his daughters mature into wise (most of the time) women of the Word.

4.  Getting to know and love his remarkable granddaughters–Rhonda and Kelli; playing Rook with their guys, Tracy and Mark; appreciating his incredibly talented (No prejudice on my part,  of course) great grandsons, Jarod and Alec.   And reveling in my sister Connie’s family legacy–unto the third and fourth generation.

5.  Marveling at the abundant avenues of communication in an increasingly complex world–cell phones, the Internet, tweeting, texting, e-mailing and yes, blogging.  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard…”     1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV.

And this is just the beginning–  My list far exceeds my blogging space.

So on this Thanksgiving morning as the “light through yonder window breaks;”  as I haul my creaky bones from beneath my electric blanket; slip my bare feet into my fleecy bedroom slippers and pad off the the w.c., I count the blessings that come with growing older, the joys my father missed.  Even as a card-carrying member of America’s 99%, I can’t wait to regale my dad with stories about the world he missed, even the inconveniences that come with graying hair and arthritic fingers.

Ezekiel 34:26 NIV  “I will bless them… I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.”

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