Thankful

Give thanks to the Lord.
It is meet and right so to do.

I am thankful for the rain, even when it is cold and windy, for with rain God nourishes the earth. I am thankful for winter, even with its long dark nights, because then I can see the stars. I am thankful for Scotland, this country where I have made my home. I am thankful for technology — for computers, Skype, satellites and international phone plans — that allows me to keep in touch with my friends and my family across the globe. I am thankful for the ability to read and write and understand language. I am thankful for books, old ones and new ones, fiction and non-fiction. I am thankful for music, of many kinds, music to sing, music to listen to in a candlelit chapel and to dance to in a kitchen. I am thankful for my family, for how much they love me. I am thankful for my friends and the adventures and stories we have. I am thankful for F., for the blessing he is to me and the friendship we have. I am thankful for my church, for the mystery of worship, for a prayerful congregation, for a church willing to grow. I am thankful for the privilege to pursue my dreams, to live the life of a scholar and a life of the mind. I am thankful for good health, for the ability to walk and hike and swim and cycle. I am thankful for the kindness of strangers who will let me into their home for Thanksgiving dinner. I am thankful for so many things.

It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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