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thanks, a poem prayerLast time, you remember

I asked you for help

 

I asked

For a lot of reasons

And spoke

A lot of things

In that one word

 

And you did it

You helped me

In ways I recognize

In ways I sense but don’t necessarily see

 

In ways I’ll never know

But can only believe

 

So today

I just want to say

 

A simple word, I know

That falls so short

Of all I want to say

 

It’s not enough

Never can be

And its tone

Can sometimes mean

The opposite of thanks

 

But here

And now

It comes from that place

So full of feeling

It wells up and over

With something akin to tears

And laughter

And a full heart

At all you’ve done

And answered

 

All this, in my heart

And mind

And hidden, even from me

In my soul

Is in this thanks

 

So here it is

For you

 

Thanks

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This might sound like a strange thing to be thankful for, but today, as I drove to pick up my kids, I noticed something going on across the street from their school. A city bus had pulled over to the side of the road. Behind the bus were two police cars, lights flashing. In front of the bus was another police car and a white crime-scene van. People were milling around and obviously, the incident (whatever it was) had passed and things appeared to be okay.

As I pulled into the school’s parking lot, I thanked God that all those vehicles were not parked in front of the school, that nothing bad had happened to my kids or their classmates. With the world taking the path it is taking, and violent incidents happening more frequently at schools and to children, with the sanctity of human life not seen as the sacred gift from God that it is, I do sometimes fear for my kids.

They’re so young. Their whole lives are ahead of them. And sometimes, when they are out of my sight, I get concerned. Even when they’re safe and asleep in bed, fears cloud my mind about them and the future.

But I know that, like today, they’re in the hallow of God’s hands, and He cares for His children. All of them. They have a special place in His heart. And I am thankful for that today.

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Yesterday I posted about being thankful for teachers I have been blessed to have over the years.

Today, I want to express how grateful I am for my kids’ teachers, past and present. Without exception, each of my kids have been taught from a young age by amazing, talented, and inspired individuals who have made a huge difference in their lives.

It’s a wonderful feeling to know that during the times that the kids are not with me, they are being cared for and educated by people who share the same values as I do and feel a calling to raise up the next generation of young people to make a difference for the better in the world.

So today (and every day) I am thankful for Jessica, Allen, and Aiden’s awesome teachers. And for every teacher who interacts with children every day (not an easy task) for the purpose of helping them grow up to know that they are loved by God and created for a purpose.

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After a sore throat that lasted a couple of days, my voice took a sabbatical over the weekend. It’s back now, with a somewhat frog-like quality to it. It brought with it a lingering cough and an aching head.

My eyes, always ready to join any adventure, have been stinging for days. They seem especially not-so-fond of me working at the computer.

Most of the day I was thinking how much I would like to do nothing but sleep. But another thought came into my head and that is the main idea I hope to get across here.

I am usually very healthy. I haven’t had a fever in close to five years. I haven’t had a “tummy bug” since moving back to California over three years ago. I rarely get colds, even when they fly through the household with a vengeance.

And no, this post isn’t about my immune system. It’s about God’s awesome gift of good health. Another one of those things, like the sun I mentioned yesterday, which I don’t take notice of nearly as often as I should.

Every day, I operate without a runny nose or pounding head. I don’t have to deal with chronic fatigue. I’ve never even had a broken bone (that I can remember).

So, with this little-bit-of-a-cold, all I can really say is, “Wow. Thank You, God, for the good health I enjoy so much of the time.”

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Sun shining on autumn leavesI was in the backyard for about an hour this morning pulling weeds. It is late November, less than a month to winter. And it was sunny.

In the shade, I felt chilly. But in the sunshine, it was warm and energizing.

It is amazing how a slight tilt of the earth’s axis can bring such a drastic change in the weather: from spring to summer to autumn to winter. Even more awesome, in my estimation, is what the light and warmth of the sun can do.

I can’t exactly wrap my brain around the fact that if it were not for the light of the sun, life on earth would not exist. No light. No color. No warmth. No plants or trees or animals or people. Just a giant icy ball floating through the nothingness of space.

After pulling weeds for a while, my back was hurting so I took a break, stretching out on the lawn beneath the vibrant sun. The thought came to me that I would not be here if not for the sun.

So today, I’m thankful for the sun that lights the world. Like the Sun that lights my heart, I would not survive without it.

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For the next 30 days, I plan to do a short “Thankfulness Post.” Over the past few years on Facebook, I have used November to post things for which I am thankful. This year, I thought to do things a little bit differently.

Instead of posting on the thankfulness theme for the month of November, I plan to use it throughout the month leading up to Christmas Day, the day we truly have the most to give thanks for.

So in case you wonder about the generally “short and sweet” posts this month, here’s the reason. It’s the Season.

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