Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving Week here in good old USA. A time sometimes spent with families and lots of food to consume to make one’s cholesterol go up, but who’s counting? It is also the day that signals the beginning of the Christmas season with sales galore. The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday. The following Monday after is called Cyber Monday which is the name given by online retailers and e-commerce experts to the Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday. With its Black Friday counterpart in actual store-based traffic, analysts have pointed to significant spikes in online shopping on Cyber Monday. Coined in 2005, Cyber Monday was fueled by promotions such as free gifts and free shipping as well as by the faster Internet connections many people had at home.

So besides shopping what is Thanksgiving to me personally. It reminds me of my family roots in the South where the extended family would gather and celebrate how faithful God had been to us during the previous year. There was always plenty of good vitals, lots of family stories, and for me pecan pie. My mom could cook a mean pecan pie. It is still my favorite to this day. As a matter of fact, Donna, my wife, is out at Costco right now as I write purchasing three pies of which one of them is pecan. Not that she can’t bake one, but with so many different taste buds in the family it is easier to buy than bake.

I am thankful that this year I was able to graduate from George Fox with my second Doctor of Ministry degree. I am thankful for renewing friendships which had waned over the last few years. What would life be without family and friends. I am thankful for my wonderful wife, Donna. She is truly a God sent for me. I am thankful for my two kids Jason and Jeramie Joy. They are really delightful kids. I am thankful for my community of faith family.

You can take the boy out of the South but it’s difficult to take the South out of the boy. I am still thankful for Southern Gospel Quartet music. I love the rich harmony that is produced by the vocals. The words are often difficult to listen to theologically, but they remind me of my parents singing on Sundays in the small Pentecostal church that I grew up in and it reminds me of my sister who played just like a quartet piano player for sixty plus years of her life. They are gone to the other side now, but listening puts me in touch with so many good memories.

Take a moment this year, if it is not your usual thing to do, and think about all that you have to be thankful for at this point in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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