No doubt one of my favorite holidays of the year is Thanksgiving.  I look forward to it every year and always have.

When I was little I remember getting to visit my Grandma’s brother’s house for the holidays.  I always looked forward to that when I was little because they had a pool table in the basement.  I didn’t care as much about the food as much as I did getting to play pool.

As I got older I started to look forward to the good food that my grandma would cook.  It doesn’t get much better than turkey, chicken and dressing, and macaroni and cheese.  My aunt also makes one of the best pecan pies there is.  Aside from the food, it was always good to get together with my larger family that we didn’t see all that much.  We would play ping-pong like we did when we were younger while my grandparents lived in Alabama and had a table in their basement.  We had a good time.

When I first met my wife in college I also started getting to visit her extended family.  This year being the first Thanksgiving we’ll have with Randy I’m a little sad knowing that Karen’s Pawpaw Gordon will not be there to see Randy.  He enjoyed children a lot and would have enjoyed Randy at the holidays.  I’ll always remember how he gave all of us Christmas presents at Thanksgiving because he was too excited to wait until Christmas.  He was a very good man.

Those are a few Thanksgiving memories that come to my mind and if you know me and my family perhaps you’ll get a little chuckle out of some of those things.

Being a new dad, I certainly have an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness for the ways that the Lord has blessed me in 2017.

What more could a man ask for?

  1. I have a good job that helps to pay for the things I need.
  2. I have a lot friends that I enjoy spending time with.
  3. My family loves me. (Or at least tolerates me…)
  4. I have a kind, beautiful, and loving wife.
  5. And of course this year I’m thankful to be a father to my son Randy.

There is no doubt that God has blessed me beyond what I deserve.  There are times that I grumble and complain and don’t have the sense of contentment I should.  However, there are days like today that encourage me when I consider how truly blessed I am.

For many on Thanksgiving we tend to focus on the physical things that we’re blessed with just as I’ve mentioned as coming to mind above.  I remember the food, the memories, and the people in my life that give me joy.

However, as a Christian I know that I’m blessed in such greater ways than the physical things of this life.  I also recognize that all the blessings I do have in this life are because of God who loves me so much.

There are a great number of passages in the Bible that teach us to give thanks.  As example that comes to mind is where Paul tells the Ephesians about “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. (Ephesians 5:20)

There are also a great number Bible characters who were excellent examples of thankfulness.

Paul constantly alluded to his thankfulness to God and others that had blessed and encouraged him.  In fact, a good portion of his epistle to the Ephesians is dedicated to him writing about things he was thankful to God for.

  1. He was thankful for the blessings that God had provided through Christ.
  2. He was thankful for the brethren who encouraged him.
  3. He was thankful for the grace of God which allowed them to be brought near to Him.

I want to Randy to grow up and have a lot of the good memories like I have had growing up.  I want him to enjoy time with family and enjoy the food we share.  I also want him to be thankful for the ways that he is blessed physically.

However, above all I hope that he grows up to recognize the ways that we’ve been blessed by our Creator both physically but especially spiritually.

I pray that everyone has a great holiday weekend!

Now before I forget, here are some new pictures of Randy:

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