>Alphabetical Thanksgiving

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Sometimes, while riding the bike or jogging, I just run through the alphabet thanking the Lord for things or people…surely not a sanctified thing, but just an exercise that helps me to “in everything give thanks…” Thought I’d close out the thanksgiving holiday by typing:
A – Aaron Dolan; an old-school Youth For Christ club sponsor and bus driver who has been used of God to introduce hundreds to the Savior. Aaron now resides in the Cameron, Mo Veteran’s home
B – My brother, Bob, who is still outside the family of God, but being prayed for!
C – Chinese food!
D – Duty. A simple, but loaded word. Sometimes I do things out of duty, and that is okay.
E – Enthusiasm. Or, better, enthusiastic people that are contagious.
F – Faith. I’ll let wise theologians argue about faith; I’m simply thankful the Lord has given me a measure.
G – God in His Triune Being; truly awe – some
H – Howard Hendricks; an author who continues to impact me
I – Ice, to crunch.
J – Jesus, Jane, Josiah, Joel, Janelle, Jacob
K – Knowledge…though I have not much, I desire to “grow in the grace AND knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”
L – Love…in both noun and verb form
M – Marsupials
N – Non-negotiables. Thankful God has given me some…and that they are so few in comparison to most people
O – Oxymorons
P – Priorities, and the desire to discern proper, Biblical priorities as opposed to trendy “Christian” priorities; both in positive and negative sense
Q – Quizzing, as in Bible quizzing. After three decades of watching teenagers participate, still incredibly impressed by both the competition and the ministry
R – Reading, the ability and desire to so do in a wide variety of subjects
S – Salvation, and the increasingly firm conviction that, in its entirety, “salvation is of the Lord”
T – Truth…that, contrary to cultural “thinking,” there is such a thing; and that it trumps trendy “Christianity”
U – Utility infielders…and the reminder that I desire to be a “utility Christian”
V – Vision. Even when it’s cloudy; physically (since my July eye injury) or cloudy as related to the future (as in now)
W – The opportunity to “Wait on the Lord,” both as in “waiting” for a period of time, and “waiting” as in serving
X – X-rays; and the reminder that only God knows the intentions of the hearts
Y – youthful thinking, and that it is not only for young people
Z – Zoos – just to be reminded at the awesome work of the Creator

>Thankful Thanksgiving Thanks

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Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
–Psalm 100