It’s Thanksgiving and I’ve got to admit how easy it is to overlook it in the rush to Christmas, give thanks for unimportant things or utter insincere words.

So today I am thankful – deeply thankful – for loving family and friends, new beginnings, the gift of ministry, food, shelter, medical care, safety and life.

But there’s also something else resonating deep within my soul today. So much so, I’ve just got to give thanks that gets to the heart of all that ultimately matters – You.

Doing this expresses who I really am, even when I’m not my best me. Enables me to love You more fully, even when my love falls short. Changes how I live, even when I do it imperfectly.

It also enables me to experience something so awesome words are completely inadequate to describe it. The way You use my inadequate attempts to thank You as opportunities to transform me from the inside-out until I’m left with nothing to do but thank You with everything I’ve got.

So, Lord, thank You for the gift and gifts of life, for Your amazing love, and for abundant life in You that begins now … and lasts forever.