There is so much to be thankful in a day. There are days I doubt that, but then something usually happens to remind me of the abundance in which I live and how minor my concerns are compared to so many people around me.
I am blessed to have three families, all of which are precious to me in various ways. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and two great boys who are gifted in their own ways and who are growing day-by-day into great young men. What a blessing to have the friendships, teaching, and worship-filled encouragement that I do at the church I attend. My job at a Christian high school is hardly a job. It is part ministry, part church, and three parts family. I am blessed to spend my days alongside my dearest friends and mentors doing God’s work in Memphis. I have so many other blessings — health, wealth (at least a bit), freedom, comfort, and safety — but all of these pale in comparison to the people who make each day more blessed. You are some of those people, so today (and most other days as well) I say thanks to God for you.
Paul ended this short, second letter to the Thessalonians with the words that hang outside my classroom door as a greeting and that express my wishes for you today:
Now may the Lord of peace give you peace always and in every way. The Lord be with you all. (3:16)