Today I’m thankful for to be a Presbyterian. I know a lot of people call us the “frozen chosen”, but I don’t feel like that. I feel connected to people all over the country who are working together to be a Mathew 25 congregation. We are trying to put our energies into to valuing other people by feeding the hungry, comforting the sorrowful, and housing the homeless.
Today I’m thankful for a tame computer tech (my son) who is driving four hours to do some needed updates and to change out our modem, router, and install a new AppleTV device. He is super helpful over the phone, and when necessary makes house calls for the low, low price of a good Mexican dinner.
Today I’m thankful for all the sometimes forgotten heroes who make life worth living – the firefighters, the police, the mail carriers, the trash haulers, the cooks, the doctors and nurses, the farmers, the electricity workers, the plumbers, and all the government people who give their lives in service. We often never see them and we rarely remember them when hot water comes out of the faucet, and the lights turn on when we flip a switch.
Today I’m thankful for the constantly changing weather, Yesterday was windy, warm, and rainy. Today is clear, still, and cold. As we used to say in Texas, if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes, it will change.
I’m thankful for the ever-changing weather. We had a basically dry day yesterday with temperatures in the high 50s after a week of cold rain. Today the temperatures are back where they are supposed to be (mid 40s), and we’re expecting the rain to resume.
Today is Veterans’ Day. I’m grateful for Big Al, and my father, and all the other folks who donned uniforms and went to war. They gave a portion of their lives in military service so that we can all live with basic human freedoms. I honor their patriotism and their courage.
Today I’m thankful for the way technology enables me to stay connected, including attending church from my living room. Today was the first Sunday of the month, so we had communion. and I partook here at home.
Today I’m thankful that I’m a Pluviophile (rain lover). We have entered the season of successive Pacific storms that roll in with heavy rain, drizzle, wind, and occasional sun breaks. Wash, rinse, and repeat.
Today I’m thankful that whoever designed this house included a “hot-shot” under the sink. The hot-shot gives me boiling hot water at the touch of a lever and means I can have a cup of tea without waiting for the kettle to boil. It’s a blessing on cold, rainy mornings (or any morning, actually).
Today I’m thankful for the people working hard to combat climate change. Scientific reports say that the world doesn’t have much more time before the oceans and climate will change irreversibly. I’m also thankful that we’re beginning to look at ways to adapt. It probably won’t affect me too badly, but I worry about the grandchildren. It’s a beautiful world and I’d like to leave it the same way for future generations.