Today is Thanksgiving, a holiday set aside to be thankful for the harvest and for what we have. It is also November 25 and subsequently Papa would be 71 years old today. It's been just over two years since I saw him last and I still miss him the same, but I think he'd prefer that I remain a thankful person, as he was so consistently thankful to God for what he'd been given.
In memory of Papa, here are some reasons I am thankful.
Salvation. I am thankful that God loves me despite my crooked heart, that he has sent Jesus to save my soul and the Holy Spirit to provide discernment. It is all true and I am so thankful, to the point of incomprehensible peace and gratitude. Thank you good, merciful and loving God.
Creation. The fact that we live in a beautiful world, that God made and that we, because we're made in His image, have the ability to make brings me to tears
Family. The family that I grew up in, my Dad and his family, my Papa and Mama, my 7 sisters and 1 brother and their families- my nieces and nephews. I love my step family that I know well through Papa and my new family through Matt, who surprises me so often with their love. Without them I would be a very different Jessica
Friends. While historically friendship has been a difficult thing for me God has provided AMAZING friends in my life who have truly, truly shown me love, kindness and truth. These people are living gems and I thank God for knowing them. I am so grateful for you all.
My husband. More than any other person we've fought fire together, and sometimes against each other, but we stand, more united than before and I am so thankful to be the warrior wife standing near you, and so thankful for all the ways God has shown up in our lives both with loving arms and a strong fist.
My cat. I didn't want a cat- but he is such a joy. I really, really love animals and thank God for this little fuzzy joy.
Being a twin. This is an experience that is so deep, I cannot put it into words, but even more I am so thankful for God's divine work in my life because my twin saved me and I her.
Being home schooled and having to garden for what seemed like all-the-time. These two experiences taught me that I can do anything.
Dance. If I were to do one thing for the rest of my life, I would dance- and while I'm by no means a professional, I am thankful for the ability to move and the few years I had lessons.
Food. Thank you God for providing for us.