Memorial Day is a day on which those who did in active military service are remembered.
This important holiday has evolved to include honoring all who have served, whether they have died or are still with us. I love when I see someone in uniform and then hear a voice thank them for their service. In all my years, this is something relatively recent and it’s beautiful. Our gratitude is well-placed when we realize their sacrifice keeps us safe.
But just the words Memorial Day brings up memories and thanks for many things. I think we would do well to maintain a spirit of gratitude daily.
The Bible speaks to this often. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1). “Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1). Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
I could go on and on. But you catch my drift.
There is something wonderful about giving thanks. It centers our thoughts on God foremost. As our provider we acknowledge Him and His perfection. It takes our thoughts off ourselves and our issues. Giving thanks acknowledges our trust in God to care for us. And it reminds us of all our blessings.
So today I share with you just a few things I’m so very thankful for.
- For our precious Lord who chose me before the world began to be a part of his family.
- For God’s wonderful care and provision throughout my life.
- For the love of my life, Greg, who I met while attending Nyack College 44 years ago!
- For the beautiful family I have been given. I’m grateful my dad is still with us at age 91 and that I live close to my kids and grands.
- For provision (roof over my head, food in my tummy, clothes on my back, etc.).
- For godly mentors and amazing friends who have had a part in enriching my life. You know who you are!!!
There is so much more to be grateful for but in just thinking about the above and the “more” my eyes are filled with tears. My heart is filled with gratitude. And my life is filled with joy.