I have the usual stuff – health, home, hubz, hunky man-children. But also electric lights and curling irons, hot and cold running water on demand, and appliances that ease and expedite my life. For moms and dads and cars that start. For air conditioning and forced air heat. I’m thankful that I live in a country that stands for freedom. I can vote, continue my education and go to stores or movies without real fear of being blown up, hijacked or sold into slavery.
But my life has not been without tragedy. As a woman who has suffered loss, I will tell you it’s the kindness of friends and strangers alike that helped me make it through long seasons of sorrow. Most were followers of Jesus, but others were not. All of them shared my burden of grief. Their kindnesses helped make me well and whole and happy again.
And I am thankful.