No matter your opinion of Christmas (Mine is downright heretical to some.), it is the day that a sinful church has chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Being sinful creatures ourselves, if we choose to celebrate it, it should be not only a season of gift-giving, but one of thankfulness—thankfulness to God for sending Jesus to die for our sins. And, just as Christmas brings out the very worst in a great many people, it also brings out the very best in others. For that, too, we can be thankful. I, in particular, have been blessed by others this year.
In order, I first want to thank a generous benefactor from afar that chose to make my life a little easier. Only HE knows when or how, but I will never forget his kindness.
Secondly, I’m thankful for a two relatives who offered to help out when they mistakenly thought that I was down for the count. THEIR offers, too, are deeply appreciated. Most relatives seem more interested in how you can help THEM these days, so they sort of helped restore my faith in kinfolk.
Thirdly, I want to thank a certain neighbor whose mechanical skills have been offered to me to solve a particular problem. His kindness will, ultimately, allow me to continue working towards my CDL, even if my unemployment ends.
Lastly, I’m thankful for the person or persons that helped me in a way quite unexpected. They chose to remain anonymous, so I won’t pry. I suspect they will never read this, but I am thankful for their kindness none-the-less.
There are other things to be thankful for, of course. My father passed away too young, but my mother is still with us and will dine with us tomorrow, along with my sister. My stepson and his lovely and charming wife will be with us, as will three of our five grandchildren. One of those, we thought we might never see again after she went off to college, but we’ll see her tomorrow. We are thankful for that and, equally, for all the others, as well. The effort is getting a bit much for my wife, so this may be the last year that we host our get-together, so we are very happy to have so much of our family with us.
I hope that each of you reading this are able to spend at least part of the Christmas/ New Year’s season with those you love. And just for the record, I’m thankful for each and every one of YOU, who have listened to my gripes, my grumps and my twisted humor. Special thanks to those who have been so kind as to unite with me in prayer over certain matters. To quote Dickens’s Tiny Tim, "God bless us, every one!" © 2013