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Thankfuls, 2022

November 23, 2022

Well, it’s Thanksgiving Eve, I’m sitting at a hockey rink, and I’ve got a blank Word document open where I should be writing tomorrow’s sermon. So, it must be time for the 9th Annual Thankfuls.

Every night at bedtime, we gather in the boys’ bedroom for prayers. Well, those of us who are home. It’s getting busier in our world. So many sports practices! But if we’re not all together, we still say prayers with each child before they go to sleep. Part of our prayer routine is to share the things for which we are thankful. While this occasional devolves into a lying-down standup routine, it’s always a good way to end the day on a good note. There’s always something to be thankful for; here’s my list for 2022:

  • Anders, our walk-off winner
  • Long walks
  • New baseball gloves
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Not Ticketmaster
  • All mortal flesh keeping silence
  • Zlatý Bažant
  • 400 blog posts, and the wisdom to not write 401
  • Alexander Ilyich Rostov, Tinker Grey, Emmett Watson
  • Not having to repaint the deck next year, God willing
  • Live Lumineers
  • Brady Singer and Bobby Witt, Jr. and not much else
  • Rooftop goats
  • Finally meeting my DMin cohort in person
  • Learning I’m taller than I look on Zoom
  • Devotions written by the laity
  • Greta, our singing, sewing, stick-handling, studious teenager (!)
  • Bo Giertz, and his clear understanding of righteousness as gift
  • Naps
  • Coaches, who pour so much time and talent into our children
  • The Altar Guild
  • Steve, Dustin, and COVID binge-watch marathons
  • Hawks and Ice Bears
  • 7-Eleven
  • 4:14, Christmas Eve
  • Walking through Bratislava
  • Challah
  • Jon Fishman, live vacuum cleanerist extraordinaire
  • Door County campfires
  • Impending sabbaticals
  • Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet
  • My Lighthouse! My Lighthouse!
  • Hockey rink concession stands
  • New sunglasses
  • Torsten, who is frankly a bit of a character
  • Cough drops
  • SigEp
  • A nice cabernet. Who doesn’t like a nice cabernet?
  • Christmas trees, plural
  • Nashville’s rooftop dining scene
  • Spring baseball, summer baseball, fall ball, winter workouts…
  • People coming back to church
  • Cheese, all of it
  • Eagles 10U Grey, MTXE!
  • Getting to coach and cheer for my kids
  • The faculty and staff of GLCS
  • Martin, Slovakia, and its wonderful, faithful people
  • The food I’m going to eat tomorrow and, even more, the people with whom we’ll celebrate
  • Erika. Always.
  • Jesus, in whom the end is sure and certain, wherever we wander in the meantime

I hope and pray that your Thanksgiving is filled with faith, family, friends, and French-fried onions.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

From → Odds and Ends

  1. Scott Street permalink

    You and yours are loved as well!!
    Scott and Linda

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