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Sunday, November 21, 2010


I started to get ready to go to church this morning and had a bit of a panic attack.  Thinking about all the songs and words of praise I would hear this morning, celebrating all for which we are thankful, became more than I could handle.  Tears were on the edge, so I decided I couldn't do it.  How can I, when I am so sad because my son is no longer with me, be thankful for anything?  But I am thankful.  Therefore, instead of singing and praising with others, I will list all for which I am thankful.
  • I am thankful for a loving God and the fact that he loved me so much he sent his son to die for my sins.
  • I am thankful for God's grace, for without it my life would be full of despair.
  • I am thankful I live in a country where I am free.
  • I am thankful for all who keep my country free.
  • I am thank for a husband who loves me unconditionally.
  • I am thankful for three step-children and their families who have allowed me to a part of their lives.
  • I am thankful for five beautiful, healthy grandchildren.
  • I am thankful for parents and in-laws who instilled a Godly life in our lives.
  • I am thankful for my entire extended family, and especially for siblings and siblings-in-law who love me just as I am.
  • I am thankful for a wonderful career, where I work with committed professionals who have hearts for children and who are my friends.
  • I am thankful for students--past and present-- whom I love, not just as my students but as the people they become.
  • I am thankful for my friends.
  • I am thankful for a warm home, while it is snowy and cold outside.
  • I am thankful for a full freezer.
  • I am thankful I live in a beautiful place, where God graces us with four beautiful seasons.
Seems like I have a lot to be thankful for.  And I do and  I am.  That still doesn't take away the sadness I feel today.  However, there are many other things for which I am thankful.
  • I am thankful for coaches who love my son almost as much as I do.
  • I am thankful for those same coaches who help us remember my Bulldog, whether it is a 55 decal on a helmet or an ADG #40 on basketball shoes.
  • I am thankful for teammates and friends of my son who always say hello or wave to me, letting me still be a part of their lives.
  • I am thankful for a community who have given in Andrew's name, allowing football players to be warm on cold Friday nights, basketball players to shine in new uniforms, or a young person to experience God's love at Young Life Camp.
I do have a lot to be thankful for.  However, above all, when I visit that beautiful spot on a hill overlooking the valley, I am thankful for my son whom I had for sixteen precious years, and who knew Jesus with whom he now resides with in heaven. 

1 comment:

  1. Your blog continues to make me thankful for all that I have. Head on over to my blog one day and check out my boys...I guarantee they'll bring a smile to your face!