What Are You Thankful For On This Thanksgiving? How About Arms & Legs?!


I realize that Thanksgiving is an American holiday but what are you thankful for today – wherever you live?

I am thankful for God’s love in Jesus which changed my life on May 28, 1966. I will never forget that day – the day He saved me, rescued me from the penalty of my sins. I will thank Him here and throughout eternity.

I am thankful that although I grew up without a father, God was my perfect Father – a father who never abandoned me but always loved me.

I am thankful for my wife. She has faithfully loved me and stood by me for almost 35 years. She is a beautiful woman of virtue and one who knows how to keep her marriage vows. My mom says she is a “jewel.” How true.

I am thankful for 3 sons, 2 daughter-in-laws, and 2 granddaughters. They are so special, so incredible, so beautiful. We are rarely together but today we woke up to see all of them with us – what a blessing.

I am thankful for an 87 year old mother who lives for God every day. I am thankful for a sister and her family who bring so much laughter to our lives. I am thankful for all my other beautiful family members.

I have always had tremendous friends and mentors. I have never been unloved.

I am not homeless or cold. I have a home with heat in the winter. A car that runs. Clothes and shoes. More than enough food to eat every single day.

I live in a country with freedom of speech and religion.

Unlike my friend, Khaled, in Gaza, I did not fear falling rockets or bombs last night. I did not have to hold my children near me, wondering if this day might be my last because of that kind of violence.

I am thankful that I have the resources to travel to the nations preaching in churches and building bridges with Muslim friends.

Finally, I have health. I thank God for health. When you hear Nick Vujicic’s story above – a man born with no arms and legs – you thank God for what you take for granted every single day.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving Day?

For starters, how about arms and legs?

4 thoughts on “What Are You Thankful For On This Thanksgiving? How About Arms & Legs?!

    • Dear Blessed Person,

      First of all, I like how you describe yourself! To truly know how much we are blessed by God is the fountain of humility and praise.

      And I know what you mean: his story is beyond my faith too. But it also inspires me to grow in faith rather than be discouraged by how weak it sometimes is. I pray like the man in the Holy Injeel who said to Jesus: “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)

  1. I am thankful to be alive with an extended lease on life with more time to serve him and take back some territory for His Kingdom. I am grateful that He is always with me and looks after my every need. And particularly that Jesus has made himself known to me. I could go on and on. There is so much to be thankful for.

    • Bob,

      How well I remember when your life was in jeopardy and many of us wondered if you would live or die. But live you did–and continue to do in a marvelous way for the King. God bless you, dear brother!

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