So… we've been busy.
Mrs. GF had work-related travel with more to come; I have been to a training course at my the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.); we have completed the outdoor soccer season; we have had homework crises; we have gotten rid of our Verizon FIOS television service (welcome back, Direct TV!); and we have had a lot of fun. I have shot lots of different guns, and tested new crap on my rifle (one of the blessings and curses when you do what I do, is to be one of the guys who tries out new stuff – good and bad); I have taught classes; taken classes; encountered and worked with really great children; I have wept in sorrow and in joy… and I have laughed so hard that I have nearly fainted. You know what else? I have been reading like a mad man.
Like I said, we have been busy.
So, last week, we in the United States, had one of our too many days of national excess, where we eat too much and spend waaay to much money. Of course, I am talking about Thanksgiving. I won't say too much about food except to say that I brined a chicken in Stout and barley malt and Lord have mercy was it good! No… food isn't on my mind today, and it wasn't really what my thanksgiving was about. My Thanksgiving was about what I have been trying to make my days about of late: Giving thanks all of the time. I know, intellectually and spiritually that I should be thankful for all of God's gifts, all of the time, but I confess that I fail at that regularly, try as I might to be better about it.
Today, I am sending myself a bit of a sticky note to make sure that I remain mindful of some things.
I am thankful for my family (in which I include good and loyal Charlie)… nobody loves me like they do, although God only knows why, as I am not the easiest man to live with.
I am thankful for employment. Further, I am thankful for being well-paid in a field that I truly enjoy.
I am thankful for my new congregation and my equally new Pastor (the first service that we went to was the first time she preached at the Saturday evening service). She is an energetic, spirit-filled, smart, and focused young woman (she is 30), and I think that she will do big things.
I am thankful for my health. I am sometimes amazed that I am still breathing.
I am thankful for the gift of music.
I am thankful for SM Stirling, David Weber, Joe Haldeman, Vince Flynn, Taylor Anderson, Connie Willis, William Martin, nova, A.J. Tata, Robert Conroy, Jack McDevitt, Ralph Peters, Mike Resnick, and all of the other writers of fiction whose work I have enjoyed. These weavers of fantastic fiction have given my immeasurable pleasure as I have read their words.
As thankful as I am for the weavers of fiction, I am equally thankful for those historical authors who have enriched my knowledge and love of history and spirituality.
I am thankful for teachers, coaches, guides, Scout Leaders, and all others who work for the education, enrichment, and nurturing of children at any age.
I am thankful for those who serve others.
I am thankful for having the opportunity to serve others.
I am thankful for having been given the gift of sharing the lives of others, whether it has been through flesh and blood relationships or those that are primarily digital. Those friendships have been important to me.
I have a lot to be thankful for, and I don't think that I can cover it all here, but that doesn't mean that I am any less thankful for those things I have left out of this post.