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Thankfuls, 2021

November 24, 2021

I almost forgot!

For one thing, I’m not preaching tomorrow, so there’s no need to procrastinate. And I’m not at home; I took the day off and we snuck over to Indiana. I’ll hightail it back to Grace for worship in the morning, then I’ll eat myself silly while enjoying time with friends who might as well be family. I’ll probably take a nap. And, with the rest of the world, I’ll enjoy the colossal showdown that is Bears v. Lions.

Anyway, here at the blog, tradition holds that Thanksgiving Eve yields my annual thankfuls. Each night at bedtime, our family takes turns during prayers to share our thankfuls, those things for which we give thanks to God at the close of each day. So, without further ado, here’s the 8th Annual Edition of my Thankfuls.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with the gifts of faith, family, and all the stuffing you could want. Be well, friends. You are loved.

  • Torsten, our boy of thunder, bringer of irresistible joy
  • The poetry of Mary Oliver
  • New shoes
  • Old fashioneds, strictly ‘sconnie style
  • The lake house in Indiana, and the friends who let us use it
  • The almost-undefeated Vipers, t-ball behemoths
  • Hoodies
  • Green bean casserole
  • Salvador Perez, who can flat out rake
  • Grace school and its teachers, including all the new ones this year – they’re amazing
  • Thaxted, Holst
  • Anders, double-digit Renaissance man
  • The saxophone, from whom no mortal can hide
  • The Blue Ridge Mountains
  • The joy of coaching third base; I was made to yell “Go home!” while waving my arms wildly
  • The quiet moment before Once in Royal David’s City
  • Carli Lloyd
  • Wario. I’ma gonna win
  • Cheese Shop house dressing
  • My DMin cohort, from whom I continue to learn so much
  • A new sound system
  • Éomer, Third Marshall of the Mark
  • Bryndzové halušky
  • Gerhard Forde and his constant reminder of what matters most
  • New staff members at Grace; you’re awesome!
  • Flip flops
  • Downtown weekend getaways
  • Busch Light, for when one needs to hydrate
  • The U12 Chiefs
  • Having a catch (say yes every time; you never know when they’ll stop asking)
  • Jonathan Franzen, who has returned to form
  • Benny and Michael A., golden in the outfield
  • The possibility of returning to Europe next year
  • Vaccines
  • Greta; her talent pales only in comparison to her kindness
  • Ballpark hot dogs
  • Cuddles
  • Oshki
  • Hermione Granger
  • Playing the guitar, which I should probably do more often
  • Vern’s cheese curds
  • The joy of preaching Christ and him crucified
  • Naps
  • Erika, who continues to put up with me, for whose love I continue to gives thanks
  • Jesus Christ, Alpha and Omega, in whom all manner of things shall be well

Happy Thanksgiving! Image: Us, caught in the rain, Georgia, 2021.

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One Comment
  1. Liz Rudy permalink

    Pastor Lyle, we are so thankful for you and your leadership at Grace! Blessings to you and your family on this Thanksgiving day!

    Liz & John

    Sent from my iPad


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