Rodney’s Reflections: Thanksgiving

I am using a small book of daily reflections on Thanksgiving for my personal devotional time this November.  The author reminds me daily of one more thing to consider giving thanks.  Today’s devotional was addressing the idea that giving thanks is about more than remembering the past good things and best moments of our lives. Rather, Thankfulness is about receiving in the present moment too. The author points out how each and every moment is a gift from God. 

I needed that prompt this year as I started making my Thankful list.  Facebook helps me to remember.  2 years ago our family was in St. Louis celebrating with one of Allison’s cousins for their wedding.  3 years ago Allison and I were in Savannah, GA for another family wedding. I officiated my first wedding on an Island. 

Here are a few more things I wrote down:

  • I am grateful for the opportunity to play paintball with my oldest two kids who are now in Middle School.
  • I am grateful for the impromptu nerf battle with my boys yesterday at church after everyone else had gone home.
  • I am grateful for morning swims with Allison even though she is always faster than me and can swim longer than I can. 
  • I am grateful for leaders who show up when things break and gets everything back up running and working.
  • I am grateful for our volunteer teams who work so hard behind the scenes to make everything happen on Sunday’s online and in person services. They take so much stress off of me because I know it will be taken care of.
  • I am grateful for the cards, postcard, emails, and text messages from church members who read last week’s reflection and checked in on me. 
  • As much as I am missing being in-person with family this year, I am grateful to be home for Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to time with Allison and my kids for a few days with no rushing from place to place. For an opportunity to just play.

What can you give thanks for right now in this moment?

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday, either at 9:00 a.m. online or in person at 10:15 a.m, as we being our Advent Sermon Series Classic Christmas.  Don’t forget to RSVP for in person Advent Worship.  

With deep gratitude, Happy Thanksgiving!


Rodney Whitfield