Thursday, August 16, 2007
On this rainy Thursday in Texas, I am grateful for the rain. We are usually suffering hot, dry weather this time of year, and though we have had almost a record rainfall these past three months, I am thankful. The rain is better than the drought. Besides, there is something soothing about lieing in bed with the one you love (whether it's a spouse or a child) and snuggling together for a nap while the rain patters on the roof.
I am thankful for my freedom. I can express my thoughts without fear of reprisal. Why did Peter deny Jesus? My speculation is fear. Not just fear for his safety, although that was probably a big part of it, but also fear of ridicule. Insecurity. So, I am grateful for freedom to believe, freedom to worship, freedom to read the Bible. I am fortunate to live in a place where the Bible is readily available.
I am thankful, as always, for my family. I may not always agree with them, I may not always get along with every member, and I may not always like to be around them, but I always love them, and I am glad I have them all.
I am thankful that my dad was a man of faith. His passing does not get easier for me, even though two years, almost three, have gone by. But I am grateful he knew the Lord.