Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, hands down. Spending time with families and friends. Eating entirely too much food. Most importantly, stopping to think about the things in life we’re most grateful for.
This past Sunday, my pastor began his sermon by explaining that he was very aware Thanksgiving had already come and gone, but he’d never had the opportunity to preach a Thanksgiving message and was not going to miss the chance, even if it did come a few days late. Toward the end of the sermon, he read a list of things that he was thankful for: the early morning sound of the alarm clock, sore muscles at night, mortgage payments and income taxes. Obviously, this is a pretty strange list, but he went on to give reasons why he was thankful for these things. The early morning sound of the alarm clock is a reminder that he has life another day. Sore muscles at night mean he was able to be productive. The mortgage payment is a reminder that he’s blessed with a warm home. Income taxes are paid because he has a job and the ability to work.