Last year, I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family just before moving to Spain. That seems so long ago. Much more than a year.
And I’ve accumulated more than a year’s worth of things for which to be thankful.
The year has been very good and very hard. But sometimes, the hard is what makes us thankful.
This year, I spent our Thanksgiving celebration bundled up in my bed with a head cold. It made me thankful for the health I take for granted most of the year. Crazy busy days make me thankful for alone ones. Residence visa struggles make me thankful to have a week left on last year’s visa.
I have not arrived at “counting it all joy” when trials come (James 1:2), but facing trials helps me see my own unthankfulness before a God who has given me His life.
So today my headcold and I have started counting a few blessings: