I've always thought it ironic that people will celebrate Thanksgiving without an understanding that the very nature of “thanks” demands a direct object. It demands someone to whom you are giving thanks. How can someone give thanks to nothing? Or no one? To me, it seems implausible, indeed, impossible!
Therefore, in the spirit of the true meaning of Thanksgiving, let me give thanks to the “direct objects” in my life, the people to whom I’m most thankful.
1. To my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have eternal life only because of your grace. There is nothing meritorious in me to deserve your love, forgiveness and righteousness. It¹s all a free gift. Since I can’t earn it, my only response is “Thank you Jesus!”
2. To my wife, Marilynn. I don¹t deserve your love. Yet you freely, daily choose to give it to me. For over 36 years you have always been available to me, encouraging my doubts, calming my anxieties. I don’t deserve all the unconditional love you have given to me. That¹s why I must give to you a hearty “thank you!”
3. To my three incredible children: Bethany, David and Michael. You could have chosen a different path than what Mom and I taught you. You could have rejected Jesus as your Lord and Savior. But you did not. You gave to your Mom and me one of our most precious possessions: a life that didn¹t rebel. You followed our example and chose our faith to be yours. For that, I speak a grand “thank you” to you.
4. To Ryan and Bethany. You have now given Marilynn and me three grandchildren! We never knew love could increase within our hearts for the kids of our kids. But it has. Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127). Grandchildren are a continuation of that gift! You didn’t have to give them to us. But you did. And I say “thank you” for doing so.
5. To the wonderful people at Forest Hill Church who have followed me for over 34 years. I’m sure sometimes you cocked your head askance with questions like, “What in the world is he doing now?” But you trusted me. You chose to be a vibrant, Biblical, worldwide, Christ-centered witness. I couldn¹t have done it without you. Therefore, I must shout aloud, “Thank you!”
The definition of grace is we receive what we don¹t deserve. I don’t deserve any of the multitude of grace gifts and blessings I¹ve received in life. Please know that I don’t take them for granted. That’s why this Thanksgiving I wanted to make sure my thanks had direct objects
Thanks again to you all!
To God alone and always belongs all the glory. I am nothing. He is everything.