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I always enjoy reading the many posts that flood social media this time of year about the things for which people are thankful. I have been pondering thankfulness and trying to narrow down what I am thankful for to create just such a post.

There are so many things for which I am thankful and I could expound on them at length. Yes many things such as family, church family, friends, my home and so much more. What to choose for my thankful post? Perhaps I should capture a thankful moment that shows where I was and where I am now. For example three years ago I was home alone during Thanksgiving due to having COVID and this year I will get to be with family.

I could write how thankful I am for God carrying me through the recent loss of one of my dearest friends and how thankful I am that she knew Jesus.

I could certainly talk about how thankful I am for all the help moving into my home and all the many things people have done to help me stay in, take care of and function in my home. I am thankful for all the laughter, memories and deep God conversations that have happened within my home.

Yes, there are a great many paths I could go down when detailing my thankfulness. As I have pondered what to write I find myself boiling it down to something small and yet massive. I am grateful to be alive. In battling stage four cancer this past year my life has become very basic, live each day; the good ones, the hard ones, each and every one. Life has become entirely about being thankful. Sure it looks very different nowadays but I am thankful to continue walking this journey with Jesus. I am thankful for the support and love of God and the strength of the Holy Spirit. I am thankful for the good days and even those where my body is challenged I am thankful that He is with me. I am thankful that life looks different because it has helped me to see Him face to face. I am also thankful for the healing of my body and the removal of all cancer however I pray I keep the perspective this journey has brought.

I am thankful that even when my days here are done (many years from now)  I will still be with Him. I am thankful that each day here is another chance to love others and to share the Father for which I am most thankful.

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