Tonight I'm thankful that there's more to life than text messages, twitter feeds, facebook updates, exclusive news reports, international conspiracies, terrorism, and flat tires.
Each day is such a splendid opportunity to live. I'm so thankful for friends past, present, and future, who inspire me to live. Live completely. To not hold back. To not be hung up by pride or fear. To be human, and fallible, and fragile - and strong and courageous and bold.
Today I am thankful that I have an amazing gracious, loving, and forgiving family - even though I haven't been the most loving sibling, dotting uncle, respectful son, or patient husband.
Today I am thankful for the grace God gave us at the cross through the death of Jesus. I am thankful that he gave his life so I could live mine - free from the trappings and snares of sin and disobedience, free to love God and love everyone without limits, free to live righteously, free to worship God with a pure heart that has been cleansed by Him who died for me.
I am thankful for the peace of knowing he has set in order what we made into chaos. I am thankful that he dwells with me, in me, resides in me, communes with my soul. I am thankful that he does this with all whom he saves - how he is building a new community of life through his people. I am thankful that they met his grace and mercy and extend it to me, too. I am thankful that I am able to comfort them, too, with the same Gospel that saved us.
I am thankful for all of this.
It would have been more timely for me to write this a week ago, but it didn't happen. I was busy cooking turkey.
Today I pause and am thankful.