I’ll be honest, I’m glad that Halloween is over. I’ve never quite understood the fascination with celebrating death and the macabre — spider webs, skeletons, witches, and ghosts. Sure, kids in cute costumes running around gathering candy is harmless, but I find much of Halloween is not. I find the admonition in scripture clear, in Philippians 4:8 NIV, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
So, as we turn into a new season of celebration of Thanksgiving, I think it is the perfect time to reflect on such things — things that we are thankful for. I don’t want the season of Thanksgiving to be overshadowed by Halloween — or even Christmas. This holiday should be given its due reflection and celebration.
So today, I’m beginning a collection of Thankful Thoughts — things that bring me joy, that are right, that are praiseworthy.
Today, I’m thankful for this crazy, wonderful, and frightening adoption journey that we’re on. Oh, I’ll be thankful for the end, to be sure, but I’m particularly thankful that God has called us to something that we could never do on our own. We are completely dependent on His provision, and on the saints who surround us. Without God stretching us, we would never experience His power or His miracles. What an extraordinary journey we are on!
What are you thankful for today?