My very first true Thanksgiving was in the November of 2009. I was surrounded by a lovely family, we ate excellent food and generally had a great time. At the time, I was living in the U.S.A on exchange and I knew that when 2010 rolled around, I’d be back in Australia, living a Thanksgiving-less life.
Of course, we don’t have the public holiday to celebrate it, we don’t have the history behind it, nor do we have the cosy Autumn weather to get sentimental in, but I personally don’t see the reason why we can’t take the time on this last Thursday in November to be extra thankful for the lives that we have and all the things in it.
So, what am I thankful for?
Right now, I’m thankful for online communities. I think we’re long past the days where people are shunned for making friends online and I’ve made some of my closest friends through the tools available online. Particularly this month, while thousands of people all over the world tackle NaNoWriMo it really has highlighted to me how important the internet is in creating these projects and then providing a space where thousands of people who would have never come into contact otherwise can commiserate and celebrate together.
While we’re thinking about this time of the year, I’m really bloody thankful to have air-conditioning. Anyone who knows me knows that my temper gets shorter and shorter, the hotter it gets. Thankfully I can sit in the air conditioning at work and at home and be kinder to everyone around me.
Over the past few years, I’ve had the chance to see a lot of my friends get married. I think when I was younger I thought it would be depressing to see my friends get married before me but I am incredibly thankful that that hasn’t been the case at all. It’s actually been amazing to be a part of their weddings, even in small ways and to see them happy – without having anything else (boys, uni, family drama – the list goes ON) to distract me. Recent weddings have highlighted that for me and I’m really grateful that so many of my friends are happy!
And, at the end of every single day – in addition to being thankful for God’s grace in sending Jesus for us – I am so thankful to be a part of a loving church community that cares about its people and cares about teaching the Bible faithfully. There are so many people across the world who want this and are disappointed by people in authority. I’m so grateful to God and those around me that it isn’t the case in my suburb.
What are you thankful for??