How to Be Truly Thankful this Thanksgiving

How to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving

We all know that Thanksgiving is about much more than turkey and football. We know that the true purpose of Thanksgiving is just what the name suggests: giving thanks to God for His goodness to us. But I think sometimes we like to think we're more grateful than we really are. I mean, how many times have I thanked God for the food before the meal out of shear habit without an ounce of real gratitude? Please tell me I'm not the only one. Sometimes we aren't truly grateful because we … [Read more...]

How to Care for Aging Parents: Practical Tips

It happens to all of us – if we’re lucky. When you were a newborn, your parents prayed for the chance to make it to old age. They spent the first several decades of their life caring for you.  Until the tables turned a few decades later. Now as they become aging parents, you are the one caring for them. And with that change can come significant challenges. For the last seven years, my wife has helped care for her grandparents who were blessed with years well into their nineties. My … [Read more...]

Help! I Need Somebody!

It's not a word I like to use often. Maybe you're different. It seems some people are.  They use it all the time. The dreaded word? Help. Or better yet -- Help! I need somebody! The last few weeks brought me to a place where just about all I could do was cry, "Help!" I thought about crying, "Uncle!" then went with help as the more Biblical approach. One reason I had gone dark for two weeks here at Patheos was that I experienced a back injury that took me off my feet and out of action … [Read more...]

Is Washington’s Original Thanksgiving Day Proclamation a Warning for All?

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of … [Read more...]

I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For: 101 and Counting…

Sometime it's the simple stuff that means the most. As we prep for Thanksgiving Day celebrations, I'm tempted to focus on everything I could complain about. All the stuff that hasn't gone my way. There's no shortage of them, that's for sure. But I choose to take a page from Bing -- Bing Crosby, that is -- and recall this song from Holiday Inn. I've got plenty to be thankful for / I haven't got A great big yacht To sail from shore to shore / Still I've got plenty to be thankful for I've … [Read more...]