Thanksgiving 2020. What are you thankful for?
Looking back at the year 2020, I can recount the number of times when I felt sad and worried. It appeared as if my world was coming to an end. My sex life was affected too.
Covid 19 presented its own fears and troubles. Then I read an article in a Christian magazine with the title We are blessed beyond measure.
Yes, my DW and I can say we are blessed and thankful to our great God for all the wonderful things He has done. God surprised us. He fixed the problems and gave us hope.
What are you thankful for?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I’m going to break away from the usual answers given family, wife, kids and go with the following:
- The gift of my salvation. It gives my life daily purpose knowing that I will spend eternity with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after I leave this earth. I look forward to seeing the saints that have gone before especially my dad who passed away in 2016.
- My small group Bible study at church. It is a group of 10 adults (5 families with 4 children each except one that has 3 children) that has been together since 2002! We’ve seen our babies group up to be adults, we’ve seen more answers to prayer than I can recount, done nearly every study out there, we’ve taken summer vacations together to Door County (the leader owns a second home there). It is a unique blend of conservatives, moderates, home school, public school, military, bi-racial, white collar, small business owner, etc. Despite all the differences, it is our common goal to live out Micah 6:8 in our lives.
- Married sex. From a male perspective, I can’t imagine a marriage without sex. My heart breaks for all the marriages where this exists. I’m quite certain this was not God’s design. I pray today for you wherever you are and I’m grateful this isn’t my situation.
It has been a tough year on many fronts, but there is much I am thankful for. In no particular order:
- I am thankful for the life of my father-in-law Ken, who passed away at the end of August. He was a kind and generous father to his children and a great husband, and I am lucky to have had him as my father-in-law. We are eating Thanksgiving dinner today and will have my mother-in-law over, and am looking forward to helping her ease her sorrow.
- I am thankful for the life of my father, who is going to be spending Thanksgiving in his assisted living facility. His Parkinson’s is progressing, and I am not sure how much longer we will have him here. He was a very good father to me, and I will miss him terribly at our dinner today.
- I also am thankful for my mother, who passed away in 2018. She was my first instructor in religion, and not a day goes by that I do not miss her.
- I am thankful for my wife, who is the heart of our home. Nothing that is important would happen without her involvement. She is a great wife, and wonderful mother to my children. I can’t thank God enough for putting her in my life.
- I am thankful for my children. I am blessed that they will all be with us today. I am thankful for the mechanical aptitude of our youngest son who can fix anything that is broken. He repaired our snow blower the other day, which will come in handy in the up coming months. I am thankful for my daughter kind and generous daughter who is studying nursing and who will surely be a very competent and compassionate caregiver. She is my movie-watching buddy, and my comic-con buddy as well. I am especially thankful that she survived the COVID virus and seems more or less completely recovered. I am also thankful for my oldest son, who is clever and funny, and who has recently graduated from engineering school, only to find frustration in the job market. I am thankful for his intelligence and praying that he has success in job hunting soon.
- I am thankful to have a job during this very difficult time in our economy.
There are many more things I could add to this list, but I will end by thanking God for the gift of life and pray that he bring healing and comfort to those struggling with COVID.
Wife & I shared our thanksgiving thoughts this morning and dreamed about 2021.
- My wife and the love and laughter we share
- A joyful and fulfilling marriage and marriage bed
- Family & friendships that have grown this year
- A completely remodeled kitchen
- and some other things that I won’t share.
-that the children can go to school so far
– for my DH!
-for our children that have made the choice to
serve God and have no desire to follow their
other sibling’s example. Also that they tell the
other sibling what they think of the choices
– that our difficult teen seems to have leveled off,
-for my dear friends, everywhere, including the
dear people here.
-that we were able to have a houseful of
weekend company just before stricter
regulations came into effect. All had a
wonderful time and was a breath of fresh air!
-that our older children have jobs and are much
appreciated and treated well, by their
– and for so much more that there isn’t room to
list it all.
-all of the craziness of this year has shown me in a deeper way that God and what He thinks are all that matters
-my husband and I are continuing to grow closer, learn to love each other better, and let go of the bad patterns in our marriage
– God has brought more healing and freedom to our sexual life
– my relationship with my daughter has grown after a few rough years
– financial provision
-God helping me to grow through some very challenging work situations