Tomorrow (November 25th) the United States celebrates Thanksgiving Day. How great it would be if other countries (like Oz) took time to be “intentionally” grateful. The Australian Christian Lobby has recommended an annual weekend in May be a time of national celebration and thanksgiving, especially in Christian groups, but for that matter in whatever way people choose.
Here are some things for which I am especially thankful…
- My dear wife Helen and my family (children, parents, siblings, and yes, most certainly my in-laws too)
- The gift of life – I had to have surgery at 10 days and would have died 30 years earlier
- My Christian faith as “caught” from my parents and supported by Helen – it’s rich, liberating, genuine and practical
- “Finishing well” – my last chapter of full-time paid work has been very productive, harmonious and satisfying
My wider circle
- The great personal values and qualities I’ve inherited via my Dutch origins and belonging to Australia
- The wonderful teachers, mentors and colleagues I believe God has given me
- Many of the people I’ve been privileged to work with – enjoying so much trust and respect
- What I’ve learnt from a significant though modest amount of international travel
- What we know and have learnt about this wonderful world – I especially love geography, medicine, and psychology
What are the things you feel most thankful for? And, does it show?