JJ McCartney Gives Thanks
Like so many others this week, I have at times felt the pressure and the rapid pace of this Holiday Season descending upon us like it does each year. But I look in the mirror and I see many reasons for THAT guy to be thankful, for he has truly been blessed.
The thanks I give this Thanksgiving is reserved for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the risen savior, the Son of God, who chose to suffer and die to redeem me. He loved me enough to retrieve my soul from the massive bin of damaged goods. He loved me enough to restore me in His righteousness, and He did so because He was an obedient Son. He did not argue, nor did he question the value of each soul he suffered for. He simply obeyed His Father's voice, and it is that act f obedience that made all things possible for God's Children throughout these generations.
The thanks I give:
I Thank you, God Almighty, for the blessing of this day. I thank you for creating time, and for slicing it into manageable subdivisions called days. Each one of these days is a treasured gift. Each day is a miracle in the cosmos. I thank you for the day, which brings the blank slate. Each day brings time with those I love and cherish most. How can I possibly thank you enough, Lord God, for the gift of this day/ Let me live this day in a way which is pleasing to you
I give thanks for the loves of my life. I thank you for Susan, my wife. She is so much more than I deserve. I thank YOU for her loving kindness, her compassion, her patience, her true heart, her iron will, her manner, her laughter, her love for me, which is given in obedience to You. I thank you for the loneliness she has erased from my life. I thank you for her devotion for me, not only as a husband, but as a fellow child of God. I thank you for restoring my spirit by delivering Susan into my life, and I pray I can be worthy as her husband, and bring her a semblance of what she gives to me. Fulfillment, Contentment, Rest, Passion, Encouragement, Perspective, Empathy, Patience and immeasurable Joy and perpetual anticipation of what each day, each week, each month, and each year will bring.
I give thanks for the most precious gift any married couple can receive, in the person of our blessed daughter, Allison. As with every blessing You have given us, we know that You gave her to us for a revelation as to the perspective being a parent gives us a deeper kinship with You, Lord God. For we learn, as parents, that we feel every pain she feels, we feel every joy she feels, and these are lessons in selflessness and unconditional love. The blessings you have bestowed upon us as Allison's parents have taught us life lessons which no classroom or institution of higher learning can ever convey. Every smile Allison gives is a treasured reminder that with You, Lord God, all things are possible. Miracles became the standard daily mode of life for us as a family, and what we learned most throughout is that as YOUR children we have learned to expect miracles, and to understand and know each miracle as it arrives, right on time, and it humbles us to know that you provided every need long before we knew it would be needed.
I thank you for the beautiful person our daughter has become. Thank you for her idiosyncrasies, for her fierce loyalty, her creative mind, her fair mind, her uncompromising devotion to what she knows in her heart is right and true. Thank you for delivering her, mind, body and soul to Your family, and to ours. Thank you for her humor, for her mannerisms that you have woven into place that make her uniquely in the image of both her mother and me. Thank you for her intelligence, her determination, and her resilience. Thank you for her health, for her strength. and for her courage to face the future and to squeeze the most she can from every single day.
Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to live in the United States of America. Thank you for showing mercy on this nation for these many years, in spite of the terrible flaws that still exist within her borders. Thank you for the freedoms we enjoy, thank you for my fellow American patriots, who agree with our love for YOU, and thank you for injecting just enough reason in those people to compel them to help us choose a leader who apparently shares our love for You, and our trust in You. Please watch over our newly elected leaders, and please instill in them a wisdom and devotion to the godly principles that can lead to restoration of America as a truly Christian nation,
I give thanks to You, Lord God, for each blessing in each day, from delicious and nourishing food and drink, to the magical joy of a Triptophan-induced nap. Thank You for the magical properties of bread, gravy, and the natural marriage of Turkey and stuffing. Thank You for blessing us with a feast, and for the knowledge that it was YOU that delivered it to our table.
I give thanks for the many friends and acquaintances we have come to think of as family. Thank you for setting each of them on that path that allowed us to come to know each of them. Thank you for the many people who have become our regular listening audience, and for endearing them to us in our lives. Thank you for delivering each of them safely to their families this Thanksgiving.
I give thanks Lord, for the gift of health you have bestowed upon me. I thank you for delivering me safely into this day. I thank you for making it possible for me to walk this earth with ten toes, and for the attitude of defiance and persistence that as long as I am alive, I will choose to believe in YOUR MERCY and GRACE, especially when it defies physicians and it demonstrates the supernatural answer to earnest prayers and unwavering faith in YOU, Lord!
Please make my life a testimony to those who may never before have considered how miracles truly do happen, be they in hospitals, ambulance, helicopters or the open road.
Thank YOU, God, for granting us so many tender mercies which we tend to blindly overlook. Thank you for your unwavering patience with me. Thank you for your vested interest n each of us who truly call you Father, Lord and Savior.
This thanks I give for the countless blessings You have given to me, and Lord, thank-you is not enough. Please let my life speak a powerful testimony to the wavering and wayward souls who even today are still searching for meaning in life. Please open the eyes of those who seek peace, hope, and reason. Lord open their ears to your word, and open their hearts to your immense and unfaltering LOVE and MERCY!
Lastly I thank you God for your faithfulness to Your word, and for Your giving us this day, to share your word with the lost world. Please let us hit the target with our testimony of Your love, mercy and grace! Deliver Your word into the hearts of the seekers. Help us SHOW them Your Love, Your Truth, and bring these people home to YOU, Lord.
This is the thanks I give to YOU, Lord.