I want to list my many blessings, and give thanks for each and every one. In doing so, I have to mention some of my loved ones by name. I hope they will be honored, as I honor and write their names publicly as their names are written forever in my heart.
A: I am thankful for my sister Anne who has recently passed from this world and into her forever home in Heaven. In the last months of her life she taught me so much about forgiveness, love, acceptance, and thankfulness for the simple everyday blessings the Dear Lord gives us. Anne, I pray I will grow into a woman, a sister, a good and faithful servant of the Lord, that you exemplified through your life, struggling bravely through your battle with cancer, and teaching me and so many of us how to live and how to love.
B: I am thankful for the beauty of the earth. Dear Lord, Master Designer, Creator, Artist With No Equal. I constantly marvel at the loveliness of this world. I pray I will be privilaged to see many more of your Masterpieces.
C: I am thankful that I was raised in a Christian home. My parents took us to church from the time we could sit in a pew. The practice stuck. I did not understand the significance of the service, but Sunday School taught me the stories of the Bible and established roots of reference that have remained a part of my life.
D: I am thankful for my Daddy. He taught me the importance of tithing. When my sisters and I were very small and going to Sunday School with our patent leather shoes, patent leather pocketbooks, and little white gloves, he would place a dime inside our gloves to put in the collection plate at Sunday School. I haven’t continued that practice until recently. I am now giving online and in secret, as they say. I feel I have finally put Daddy’s teaching into practice. Thank you, Daddy.
E: Evan is our youngest grandson, who has just turned eighteen. He is just like his granddady, my husband, Cornbread, as the boys call him. He is a hard-working, sensitive, loving, young man. I am so proud of the many things he has learned to do and fix in his young life. He is a doer. He pulls on my heartstrings.
F: Fran is my sister, Anne’s twin. She is so very smart and self-reliant. She has three children and she is definitely a hands-on, loving, mother. Her career has been two-fold. She reared three smart, loving, and productful children, now adults. She is also an award-winning teacher praised for her success with her students and her love and attention to the whole child.
G: For God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I am grateful, thankful, and totally awed that You would be mindful of me, and have adopted me as Your child. I am thankful for the many names I AM is, was, and forever shall be: Creator, Counselor, Provider, Teacher, Guide, Healer, Savior, Protector, Lover of my Soul.
H: I am thankful for the home I have here on earth. It is lovely, and provides not only shelter, but an oasis from the cares and woes that surround me and my husband. I am proud of our home, and we try to be good stewards, preserving the history of the Stenhouse Family Homeplace. I love my home and want to live here many, many more years, however, I will be so very happy to see my Mother, Daddy, and Sister Anne, who have passed into Heaven, their new home, whose loveliness I can only imagine!
I: I am thankful for my imagination. It is a gift from God. It is part of who I am and what I have been able to with my life to enrich my own experiences as well as the experiences of those around me. The Bible says that You, Dear Lord, made man in Your own image. I like to think that one meaning of that phrase could be that You, Dear Lord, made man from Your own imagination. I like to think of it that way, if that’s OK with You.
J: I am thankful for Your Son, Jesus, who came into the world to teach us about You, share with us how to live, and lay down His life, dying in a horrific way, a man without sin, to take on the sins of every man, woman, and child living and dead. I am thankful that Jesus continues to live through me and through more of Your children than I could ever count. I am also thankful for me, Jan, and the life You have provided and the experiences both good and bad, that have changed me and are transforming me into the Jan You would have me be.
I will continue this list in my next conversation with You, Dear Lord. I go to make preparations for Thanksgiving Day, a day set aside for counting our blessings and thanking You, Lord. It is also a time of food and fellowship-a blessing in itself.