Thanksgiving

Thanks

Thank you danceA year ago, we were bailing out our basement every 2 hours, all through the night because Super Storm Sandy took away our electricity, so our sump pump didn’t work.  It was literally like the Sorcerers Apprentice (click here).

A year ago, I had voice problems, stomach reflux, sleeplessness and panic attacks (click here).

A year ago, I was canceling speaking engagements and travel plans because of health problems.

This year I’ve got good health, “unlimited power” and the ability to speak and travel.

I have a lot to be thankful for, particularly as I compare my life today to that of November 2012.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, but it always gets over-shadowed by Halloween and Christmas.  It’s good for my soul to reflect on what I’m grateful for.  I really do have a lot.

I’m going to try to focus on things I’m thankful for this month as a warm-up to Nov. 28.

I’m thankful for all the saints (it’s “All Saints Day) who prayed for me during my health crisis of Fall 2012.  Thank you.

I’m most thankful to my God who sustained me, healed me, comforted me and restored me.

Thanks.

I’m also thankful for all the people who voted in my David/Bathsheba poll, but if you didn’t, it’s not too late (after clicking here, only two more clicks).  Last time I checked there were 77 votes, hoping to get over 100.

Click here to see the full “thank you dance“.

Thank you

The month of October is dominated by Halloween.  Everything becomes orange and black.  People work on their costumes.   Homes begin to stock-pile candy.  Pumpkins that haven’t been decimated by hurricane Irene are carved.   If a sporting event occurs sometime near Halloween, viewers are subjected to crazed fans who’ve donned outrageous or scary outfits for their five seconds of fame.  We are forced to forgo chocolate-chip cookies for much less desirable baked goods from the guts of discarded orange vegetables.

The month of December is dominated by Christmas. Everything becomes green and red.  People work on their shopping.  Homes begin to stockpile presents.  Christmas songs are heard everywhere.  Trees, decorations, lights, you know the routine.  If a sporting event occurs during the month of December, viewers are subjected to crazed fans who’ve donned outrageous or “Santa-like” outfits for their five seconds of fame.  We are forced to forgo chocolate-chip cookies for much less desirable fruit-cake.  (Get serious, no one really eats that.)

The month of November is dominated by Thanksgiving.  Huh?  I don’t think so.  The beginning of November is Halloween hang-over.  The end of November is Christmas warm-up.  It’s now November 4 and no one has begun to gear up for Thanksgiving and it’s not going to happen until Nov. 23.  To start with Thanksgiving needs two distinct colors (yellow and purple?  Nah, that’s too much like LSU).  Any suggestions?  While Christmas should be a time to celebrate the incarnation of God, that’s not really what most of it’s about.  But Thanksgiving hasn’t been tainted by commercialism yet, so there’s still hope.

What would it be like to have a month that was characterized by people saying, “Thank you”?  How cool would that be?  To focus on thanking God and thanking others.

I’m thankful to God for a job where I get to do what I love, teach the Bible, and for a family that gives me joy and makes me laugh.

How would you suggest making giving-thanks a full-month celebration?