Obvious theme today. Happy Thanksgiving.
1. I am a relatively healthy woman in my early 30s and live a middle-class lifestyle in my first-world country, and none of this was my own doing.
2. I have a pretty great job and I like my coworkers a lot.
3. Continued connections with people from my old church.
4. Future connections with people from a church I’m pretty sure I’m going to join.
5. Thomas Cranmer and the wisdom and foresight that he had to write the Book of Common Prayer, which has been a lifeline for me in my spiritual formation.
6. The created order continues to hold a lot of cause for wonder, despite all the stupid things that we humans are doing to it and to each other.
7. The publishing industry continues to soldier on.
8. The existence of good music and good books and good art.
9. I mean, I know that “Internet friends” are not the same as in-person, IRL connections, but the ones I have are really cool and I hope to turn them into IRL friends eventually.
10. Also, I’m just grateful the Internet exists. I know it’s also the cause of a lot of problems, both personal and corporate, but it’s also a helpful tool and a way of connecting with other people, and my job would be way harder without it.
11. I am grateful for all the people who make it possible for us to eat–farmers, truck drivers, pickers and harvesters, butchers, people who work in factories and processing plants, people who work in grocery stories, bakers, cooks, bartenders, brewers, winemakers, distillers, waiters, busboys, dishwashers, and everyone in between. A lot of these people get forgotten about in our culture, and a lot of them work under less than great circumstances.
12. The city of Houston and the great nation of Texas.
13. There is, in fact, a God that is both mighty enough to sustain the universe by the word of His power and near enough to know us down to a subatomic level. And more than that, He cares for us. He cares for me. Amen and amen.