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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful Thursdays

This is the last installment of "Thankful Thursdays" for 2013. It doesn't mean that I plan to stop being grateful of course, just that I now need to come up with other things to write about.

As this Thanksgiving Day draws to a close (it is nearly 11:00pm right now) I want to talk about a few of the things that I am most grateful for. As we put the kids to bed each evening we read a few passages of scripture and then say a "kneeling prayer" as the children call it. We all kneel down on the floor, fold our arms, bow our heads, and one of us offers words of prayer on behalf of the family.

I really look forward to our family "kneeling prayer" each evening. Despite the chaos that is getting the kids ready for bed and the sheer exhaustion that Cami and I often feel when we kneel to pray it is a time that our family is united and, for the most part, reverent as we worship the God in whom we believe.

This evening I chose to offer the words of prayer on behalf of the family. I felt prompted, perhaps even inspired, to simply say a prayer of gratitude. As I prayed I mentioned that we have so much to be grateful for that it would take hours if not days to enumerate each blessing that we have received from God our Father and thanked Him for that.

I offered our thanks for the pilgrims who valued their religion and their relationship with God that they were willing to set off into an unknown world and build a new life where they could worship Him according to the dictates of their consciences. I expressed gratitude for the example of the Native Americans who helped the pilgrims of reaching out to those in need regardless of our differences.

I next proceeded to thank Him for some of the things I feel most grateful for right now. I thanked Him for the knowledge that we have that He exists; for His Son and the perfect example that He set for us, His atonement and resurrection, and His love; I thanked Father that we are a family and that we love one another and feel that love grow stronger daily; I thanked Him for Cami's and my marriage and the happiness and blessings it brings to our lives and our little family.

As I closed our "kneeling prayer" in Christ's name I felt overcome with gratitude once again to know that I have a Savior, that I have a wonderful nearly perfect family, that all of our temporal needs are met and many of our wants as well, that I am loved, healthy, and strong.

Then, as we said "amen" in unison, I opened my eyes and quickly and quietly surveyed our little clan and had the idea of creating a gratitude wall in our home. I'm not sure exactly what it will look like yet but I'm thinking either painting a wall in chalkboard paint (though this probably wouldn't work very well since our walls are textured) or getting a large cork board or dry erase board or something. On this wall we could all write down the things we are grateful for when we feel especially grateful for them. I think it's a neat idea.

On this day of Thanksgiving I am grateful for all that I have. I am truly blessed above all men.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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