Growing up, my mom and I would love to sing songs in the car. Dad must have thought we sounded good because he never told us to be quiet. As Thanksgiving approached, we would sing “Over the River and through the Woods.” The song celebrates the author’s childhood memories of visiting her Grandfather’s House at Thanksgiving.
While it is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this week, many of us will jump in our automobiles and head to get together to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and friends. I know that my wife, children, and I will be heading to my parents house.
As the song goes, “Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!” Games will be played and fun will plentiful. The conversations will center from what’s happening in our lives to what’s happening in our world. And Pumpkin Pie will be served. Now personally I don’t like Pumpkin Pie so I will settle for Pecan Pie or some other dessert. But Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to take time to reflect and give GOD the glory for his blessings in 2010. Here are some highlights:
- Baptizing my youngest daughter as she made her profession in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. May she continue to grow and be used by God in a might way.
- My two twin daughters graduated from High School and begun their journey in adulthood. God has led them to a great university where they are developing new friendships and growing in their relationship with Christ.
- My oldest, who will graduate next May from college, surprised us recently with the news that she is getting married to a great Godly man next summer. They will be teaching at a Christian school in Indonesia. Welcome to the family, Bryn!
- After 21 years, Pat and I are adjusting and reconnecting to a life without school-age children. The house is quieter but I am thankful for being able to have quality time with my great, Godly wife.
- At work, I am thankful for the new Executive Director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, Randy Davis. Randy is casting a vision that I can support and has been an encouragement to me and the wonderful team that I work with. The future is bright for Tennessee Baptists.
- My mother turned 80 years old this year and despite some continued health issues related to cancer and a hurt back, she is doing well and once again we will spend another Thanksgiving together. I love you Mom and Dad and look forward to seeing you.
Psalm 107:26, “Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and announce His works with shouts of joy.”