I am a day late, but I must share that this Thanksgiving, there is so much to be thankful for:
I am thankful for my health, for which I truly feel blessed. To have survived cancer after undergoing painful, yet short-term treatment was such a gift this year. It is a gift I will not forget.
I am thankful for my family, friends, and every other person who makes my life what it is today. For giving me strength and support when I most need it, this summer, and always. You are a blessing and I am because we are.
I am full of thanks for the water I have to drink, the food I have to eat, the medicine I have to treat, the shelter I have to live. I am thankful to be a “have” in a world filled with so many “have-nots”.
I am grateful for my college education, to have graduated in May as valedictorian of my class and bestowed with the New Era Award. I am thankful for the experience of college, to have opened my eyes and discovered the world and myself; setting in motion a determination to do good in this world. I am thankful for the professors and peers who helped mold this brain; for the gift of education.
I am thankful this year, also, for the opportunity to travel to Rwanda; my first visit to Africa. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn, grow and respond as a human rights activist–to help those people who need our help most.
I am thankful to God for His grace and a life filled with so many gifts.
I am thankful to you for reading and sharing in this blog with me, for the opportunity for me to share the view through my lens.
There is much more for which I am knowingly thankful for and much, much more for which I have reason to be thankful for. But I will end with this excerpt from a wonderful book called “The Message”, a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible, from my favorite Psalm (116).
What can I give back to God
for the blessings he’s poured out on me?
I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to God!
I’ll pray in the name of God;
I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do,
and I’ll do it together with his people.