I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving. Please take careful note that I did not say Thanksgiving Day, and the reason for that is because I believe that every day ought to be a day for giving thanks. We so often race to give thanks for the grandiose blessings in our life, while all the while we overlook even the smallest of blessings.
My dear mother taught her four children to give thanks for all things – both great and small. Even during her battle with breast cancer which eventually took her life in June 1997, she refused to complain about anything, but rather chose to daily thank God from whom all blessings flow. She echoed the words of the Apostle Paul who admonished the Thessalonians, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
This Thanksgiving Day finds me at home not feeling my best, but I am still thankful for so very much. I am thankful that the Lord woke me up this morning. I am thankful that I am still in my right mind and that I am able to press on despite the fact that my physical body feels tired and worn out today.
I am thankful for a loving sister who took the time to travel from Salisbury, Maryland to Annapolis, Maryland to spend Thanksgiving with her brother. It is not that she traveled any great distance to spend time with me, but it is that she wanted us to give thanks together.
I am thankful for all of my family and friends, both near and far. Their unfailing love and support is the proverbial “wind beneath my wings.” I am thankful that they are always there. I am thankful that they believe in me and bolster me especially at times when I feel weary and sometimes distraught.
I am also thankful for all the naysayers out there – those who doubt the genuineness of the work that I attempt to do and who believe that I should just give up and quit. I thank you because it is your negativity that is the proverbial coal needed to keep the fire burning inside of me, which in turn creates the steam to keep this little engine that could and would, roaring down the tracks of life with the goal of sharing a few “morsels of bread” with those whom appear at each station.
I am also thankful for a dear sister who remains in a skilled nursing home after almost 5 years. Although I miss spending time with her especially during the holiday seasons, I am thankful to a loving Heavenly Father who has permitted her to stay here on earth just a little while longer. I may not understand all the reasons for her medical situation, but one thing that I do know is that God is still able, and I will praise Him with my whole being all the days of my life.
With all of that being said, I am thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is my All. He is my Everything. Without Him, I could do nothing. I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart, and I will enter His courts with praise.
What are some of the things that you are most thankful for?
~ Keith Lionel Brown
Thanksgiving Day 2014