I'm going to a funeral later today. I'm thankful for the hope that the deceased had before he died. Today, he is with Christ, suffering no longer. I'm thankful for the comfort this is for the family he left behind. I am thankful that our ultimate hope is in Christ, and not the things of this world.
There is rain in the forcast for the next few days. I'm thankful for that. I took a drive yesterday to see my friend, and I took the backroads, through some little towns. The lawns everywhere are parched, and the fields look bad in some areas. The corn has the tell-tale signs of drought, and it is very small. I was thinking about water yesterday as I drove. We need it to live; we will die sooner without water than without food. Clean water is a matter of life and death. Water can also can be very destructive and dangerous. It's also a symbol of cleansing. Water really is amazing when you think about it. I am thankful I live in a place where there is clean, running water.
I'm thankful for late summer; the sound of crickets and the availability of sweet corn.
I'm thankful that my middle child is coming home for a few days. It has been over a month since he was home. Whenever he comes home for a visit, The Beagle goes absolutely wild; she lays at his his feet, crying, jumps up, runs around the house, goes back to his feet, buries her face in his hair and basically grovels at his feet. Thereafter, she follows him around and in the morning, she will sit at his bedroom door and wait for him to come out. It's been a while since she saw him; I think she may have a conniption tomorrow when he gets here.
I'm thankful that we have a constant companion in Christ. I'm thankful that in His presence there are pleasures forever more.