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Ahhh! Thanksgiving. A time for family, friends, and more food than you can eat in one day. And, for the sports-minded, which isn't me, it's a day of football games.
When I was growing up, I looked forward to Thanksgiving because my mother would make my favorite meal! She would make a baked ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, corn, and tea. A simple meal, yet so delicious. We couldn't afford to have the Baked Ham very often so it was an awesome treat to have it on Thanksgiving and again at Christmas.
The Thanksgiving season is a great reminder for me to reflect on what I am thankful for in this life. The first blessing that comes to mind is Jesus. I am very thankful that Jesus has forgiven me for my sins, the wrong I have done in this life so that I can have eternal life with Him in heaven.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life.” - John 3:16
I'm really thankful that once I've prayed for forgiveness, He doesn't bring back those sins to my mind years later. Once it's forgiven, it's forgiven.
I am thankful for my parents who brought me into this world and taught me morals, values, and all the important aspects of being a decent human in this world. It would take a blog post of billions of words to describe how thankful I am for all they did for me.
I am thankful for my wife, dog, and cat. That's my family. They mean more to me in this life than anything else. My wife and I have been married for twenty-two years and have been through life events, good and bad, together. I think those brought us closer and made us love each other more. My dog has been a buddy, companion, for many years. His constant need for attention and exercise has made me stronger and healthier than ever before. The cat is the newest addition to the family. He's been with us for 5 months. He loves his mom and is slowly becoming friends with me. He's very skittish so it will take him awhile.
This Thanksgiving season, take time to be with family and friends and remember the aspects of life which you are thankful. Maybe share those with others too. It's a great way to focus on blessings and remember them.
The Christian Life is yours for the asking. There aren't any difficult requirements, just ask Jesus to forgive you. If you would like to learn more, please visit Peace With God.