I am thankful.

I am thankful for a God and Father who gives me life, loves me, and graciously provides for my every need. 

I am thankful for a Lord and Savior who died for me, forgives my sins by the power of His precious blood, serves as my merciful High Priest, left me an example to follow in His steps, and who has prepared a place for me in His presence for eternity. 

I am thankful for a Holy Spirit who indwells me, strengthens me in my inner being, convicts me, and challenges me to live a life of holiness. 

I am thankful for a source of divine wisdom, instruction, and counsel that was breathed by God, directed by the Spirit, and written by the hands of God’s servants in ages past that I might know Him and His will for my life. 

I am thankful for a wife who has loved me for 23 years, taken my shortcomings in stride, lovingly nurtured and met the needs of our children for 20 years, and has stayed committed to our marriage for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. 

I am thankful for two children who love me unconditionally, have brought me joy from the moment they were born, and have helped me understand just how much our heavenly Father loves His children. 

I am thankful that I had the blessing of growing up in a family with parents who loved one another, loved God, and built their relationship around Him. 

I am thankful that I had the blessing of knowing all four of my grandparents and had the opportunity to witness the place that faith in Christ had in each of their lives. 

I am thankful that I have had the opportunity for my entire adult life to work full-time in the ministry of Christ, in the U.S. and abroad, sharing His message of salvation and encouraging His disciples to grow and mature in their faith. 

I am thankful that Christ added me to His church, a spiritual family in which I can serve, be shepherded, encouraged, and challenged.

I am thankful that I have the blessing of living in a nation that affords its citizens liberty, tranquility of life, and the free exercise of faith. 

I am thankful; very, very thankful!