Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Thing for Which to be Thankful

I love November on Facebook (once the election was over).

People get to counting those things for which they are thankful.

Health.  Family.  Friends.  These all make the cut.

Sometimes I wonder what Facebook would be like, what life would be like, if we counted things we are thankful for more often than every November.  What if we did it daily?  What if there were no repeats?

What would you be thankful for once you were out of the obvious options like family, faith, and freedom?

Could you be thankful for sunset (even if it is earlier than you like)?

What about stretchy skinny jeans (Can I get an amen as the day o'eating nears?)?

Could you be thankful for the bad junk in your life?

Really, can you look at the ugliest part of your life--the hardest part--the part that causes you the most pain and say you are thankful for it?

It's no surprise I've had a rough year and a half (mainly because I blog about it).  These days have been darker than I've ever known.

Amazingly, in these dark days, I see how much I have to be thankful for.

I am thankful for shame because it causes me to find my identity in Christ--not in others.

I am thankful for memories that cause heartbreak and tears shed over a woman who, once again, won't be at the table this year.

I am thankful for a head cold because it makes me rest.

I am thankful when I lose my temper with children because it provides an opportunity to humble myself and ask for forgiveness.

I am thankful for days so busy I'm not sure if I am coming or going because in this overwhelmed state, I remember I need Christ everyday.

I am thankful for the 21st of every month, not because it's the monthly anniversary of my mom's death, but because it is a monthly reminder of how I miss her because she was so amazing.

It is an utterly profound act of grace that these bad days, these dark times, these ugly characteristics ... these are something for which to be thankful.

Best wishes for a gratitude filled Thanksgiving.