1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Here is a starting place for Thanksgiving 2019.

In a world of political, social, economic bitterness encased in a soup of intolerance I am thankful for the mercies of God toward an intolerant me.

In a world increasingly unstable—tottering on an axis of distrust and hate and self-centeredness –I am thankful for the constancy of God’s loyal, steadfast lovingkindnesses.

In a world of shallow relationships I am thankful for God’s urgent, patient, sacrificial, relentless pursuit of me. “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

In a world where communications are canned and quick and insincere I am thankful God has provided a forever-Scripture that is deep and wide, simple and profound. “Oh how I love Your law” (119:97).

In a world of many fractured families I am thankful I am called by God as His child and son. Further, and speaking of family, I am immensely grateful God has granted me the smile of an adoring wife for forty-six years, two devoted daughters, seven incredible grandkids, and a superb extended family.

With my tendency to neglect or forget friendships I am thankful and stunned Jesus the Messiah says, “I no longer call you my servants but my friends.”

In my willful sinning I am thankful for the available throne of God for confession and forgiveness, and for the sanity sustaining promises of Romans 6:16-18, “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”

In a planet of 195 countries—many in poverty and economic shakiness—I am thankful for the rich provision of “daily bread” in the U.S.A.

How grateful I am to be “fearfully and wonderfully made” and created in the” image of God.” And, though often subject to earthbound human frailties for a while, I am indescribably grateful I can rest secure and live purposefully on earth in “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).

In a society that worships busy-ness I am thankful God invites me to sit with Him and “be still and know I am God.”

In my rush toward significance now I am thankful my true citizenship is in heaven where Jesus is preparing a dwelling place for me to live with Him face to face forever.

Mostly, I am thankful for God. Aren’t you?