With all the hustle and bustle of the past couple of weeks, with all of the excitement of Microsoft's PILGF, and with the load we all undoubtedly came back to at school because of our travels, today is a great day to take a seat, sit back, and be thankful for everything that we have been so blessed with.
I am reminded of the first Day of Thanksgiving under our Consitution, when George Washington, as our first President, declared a day to give thanks to God and take rest. The traditional day, of course, was declared by one of our greatest leaders, President Abraham Lincoln, to be the fourth Thursday of November. Please take a moment to read his original declaration here: http://www.christiananswers.net/q-wall/wal-alincoln-tgiving.html.
To bring us back to our current times, the question becomes: What am I thankful for?
Firstly, I am so thankful for God's presence in our lives, and that he gives us wisdom and ability to glorify him daily. Thank you Lord for the freedoms we live with and the blessing of being in the United States and the prosperity we live in.
Secondly, I am thankful for my family. My wife is such a God-send, pushing me to be a better man and respecting me for who I am, even when my mistakes shine through. Our little girl Vivian is so beautiful and such a good kid. God has truly blessed us with her. Our primary and extended families are also so loving and caring.
I am also thankful for the time we have had in Alaska. Even though we are moving to Colorado soon, I have had the privilege of truly experiencing Alaska, from hunting moose, bear, caribou, etc to teaching Hunter Education and Winter Survival courses at -40 degrees. The fishing has also been something I remain thankful for. God blessed us with such an abundant supply of both fish and game meat that we were giving it away by the boxful. He provided for others through us, and that I am thankful for.
Many thanks to all of my friends and people who have pushed me to be a better person and Christian man. I love you all and only pray that I can see you once again!