Last year, I spent Thanksgiving in Australia. I was working at a missions base and a crew of Americans put together a meal for around 70 people. It was a fun adventure of working to share a day of remembrance of life and blessings with many from others cultures. Also with the many Americans around we had quite the variety of different dishes.
When I look back on the year that has passed since last Thanksgiving, I can see many different blessings laced in daily life. It can be really difficult to see blessings in times of hardship, and I want to gain a deeper level of seeing blessings.
Today I am deeply Thankful for my family. They have been helping me live for the last couple of months – literally making sure I have food to eat and a place to sleep. Last year I met many who struggle just to have food and shelter. People who live in slums in Indonesia, and street people in Australia. I know there are many here in America who are in the same position. I really don’t know where I would have been without the help of my family.
I am thankful for opportunities. To see where I have traveled, the experiences I have been a part of, and the events that will happen in the future. I definitely have wanderlust in my life and God has never skimped on the opportunities that have presented themselves to me. I want to be able to see these adventures even more. To find places in the desert that will fulfill my desire for new and different things. Even simple things like a local shop or park. It doesn’t have to be overseas to be new and exciting – but overseas is good too!
Lastly, and mostly, I am thankful for the gift of life. For my Creator and Lord who gave his life that I may live. I am thankful for new understanding in being called to live in Christ and seeing his life change mine. I would be so lost without Jesus.
I pray that you have a new understanding and joy that fills your heart today on Thanksgiving day and every day.