It seems trite in so many ways, but uttering two simple words is the only place I know to begin this Thanksgiving Day. And so I do. Thank You.

Thank You for being the God of all creation who loves me as a precious child. Thank You for Your gift of life in all its richness and infinite possibilities. Thank You for Your grace that is more powerful than any force in the universe. Thank You for Your call on my life and how it allows me to share in Your work. And thank You for people to love, those who love me and all the blessings that make my life so comfortable while so many suffer.

There’s one more thing, Lord. And while it also seems trite, I have to say it. May my giving thanks not be limited to just a day, somehow crammed in-between the parades, food and football. Instead, may I give thanks to You with every single breath I take beginning now and lasting throughout eternity.