an invitation to practice thankfulness together

ThanksgivingI want to be honest: there is no shortage of home-sickness today, and the practice of thankfulness has not been as easy for me lately.

But giving thanks is indeed a practice. I view Thanksgiving Day- an American made holiday- as a day to practice thankfulness together. So let us say aloud the many things we give thanks for, and encourage one another to live a life marked by this thankfulness. And if we get to eat delicious food and have a mimosa (or two) in the process, so be it.

I’m thankful for my family- – my mom and dad’s continuous love and support, and answers to all of my questions about insurance– that my dad is coming for Christmas!– Holly’s encouragement as I bounce ideas off of her — Caleb’s listening ear when I’m sobbing or ranting about God-knows-what– and Preston’s joy and compassion in every situation — for my grandparents, for their health & always liking my posts on Facebook when nobody else does. I’m thankful that my five-year plan, operation “convince everyone to move to the Pacific Northwest” is panning out quite nicely.

I’m thankful for friends– for everyone who lets me cry in front of them on an almost daily basis– for roommates who cook me delicious food– well, for pretty much anyone who cooks me delicious food. I’m thankful for nights drinking red wine and watching 30Rock — for trips to the farmers market in the pouring rain– for living room dancing– for long talks on couches about issues of social justice and problems and joys that come with adulting. I’m thankful for friends far away — for long distance phone calls and skype dates — for the way that our friendships haven’t changed even when everything else has. I’m thankful for people who stick around even when it isn’t easy & who work through conflict even when it’s scary. Thank you guys for bringing so much joy and laughter and learning into my life.

I’m thankful for my job. For a supportive boss & kick-ass co-workers who put up with me when I’m both under-caffienated and over-caffienated. I’m thankful for the opportunity for education — for the opportunity to work with foster kiddos and support their families — for doors that open and for strength to kick down doors when necessary. (Love Does, anyone?)

I’m thankful that even though my entire family is sitting around a table 2,000 miles away, that a bunch of other people I’m thankful for will soon be crowded in my living room. I’m thankful for shelter, for food, & for candles that smell like pumpkin-pie.

I’m thankful for learning to view life as a process rather than demanding perfection and I’m even more thankful for the people who rejoice with me when I rejoice and weep with me when I weep.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20

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