Monday, November 23, 2009

My Thanksging List of What I'm Thankful For...

I'm Thankful:

  • For past times, present times and the end of time
  • For trials behind me around me and ahead of me
  • For victories won and victories lost
  • For excitement and disappointment
  • For doors opened after knocking and for finding after seeking
  • For phases of fortune and phases of failure
  • For pleasures and for pains
  • For tears of laughter and tears of sorrow
  • For struggles, stress and suffering
  • For jolly, joy and joking
  • For vocals and instruments
  • For festival and festivity
  • For quiet times and tranquility
  • For fantasy, fiction, story and legend
  • For history, reality, biography and life
  • For big things and small things
  • For friends and for family
  • For fathers of the faith, founding fathers, my father and future fathers
  • For my grandmothers, my mother and my children’s mother
  • For stepping stones and a full quiver
  • For ancient landmarks and the land of promise
  • For the land of the free and the home of the brave
  • For patriotism and patriots
  • For a loving wife to live with and to love
  • For rest, recreation and relaxation
  • For energy, entertainment and exertion
  • For feast, food and fun
  • For cottage cheese, fettuccine alfredo, scalloped and stuffed potatoes, cheese omelets and filet mignon
  • For celebration and moderation
  • For balance and extreme
  • For spontaneity and for sameness
  • For change and for custom
  • For reform and ritual
  • For technology and tradition
  • For holidays, Sabbath days and work days
  • For old school and new school
  • For silence and for singing
  • For drinks and for drinking
  • For waking and for sleeping
  • For intellectual language of the head and poetic language of the heart
  • For right brain and left brain
  • For sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch
  • For sex and the sexes
  • For roles and responsibility
  • For intimacy and familiarity
  • For indoor plumbing, electricity, high-speed internet, laptops, iPhones and inventions
  • For showers, insulation, carpet, beds, couches, dining tables and bathrooms
  • For refrigerators and ovens
  • For transportation and communication
  • For digital and paper
  • For discipline and discipleship
  • For authority and submission
  • For shepherds and for sheep
  • For new books and old books
  • For new beer and old wine
  • For new life and old wisdom
  • For creation and creativity
  • For old paths and future trails
  • For light and for darkness
  • For sunny days and starry nights
  • For the galaxies, constellations, sun, moon and stars
  • For mountains, trees, oceans, deserts, sunsets and streams
  • For things only seen in a microscope and things only seen in a telescope
  • For the bottom of the oceans and for the top of the mountains
  • For campfires and camping
  • Leisure and luxuries
  • For past memories and future maybes
  • For the destination and the drive there
  • For life and living
  • For liberty and Law
  • For God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility
  • For unconditional election, undeserved grace, unwarranted mercy and unmerited favor
  • For getting what I don’t deserve and for not getting what I do deserve
  • For predestination and free will
  • For being chosen and choosing
  • For the cross and for the crown
  • For being fearfully and wonderfully made
  • For the great and faithful cloud of witnesses that lead me through the wilderness of the future unknown
  • For covenantal blessings and covenantal cursings
  • For fiery trials and the fires of hell
  • For covenant church membership and church members
  • For unity and diversity
  • For the ancient and venerable triad of truth, goodness and beauty
  • For theology, philosophy, theonomy, ecclesiology and eschatology
  • For Calvinism, Presuppositionalism and Postmillennialism
  • For love – storge, philia, eros and agape
  • For orthodoxy and orthopraxy
  • For the Lion and the Lamb
  • For lost hope and a living hope
  • For the bread and for the wine; for the Body and for the blood
  • For miraculous gifts and ordinary gifts
  • For God’s transcendence and His gracious immanence
  • For God’s incredible otherness and His intimate oneness
  • For God’s sovereign providential and caring hand in history
  • For the King’s throne and the King’s table
  • For the Golden Chain of Salvation and the Golden Rule of Sanctification
  • For an all-powerful God who forgives and an all-knowing God who forgets
  • For corporate worship and the private prayer closet
  • For liturgy where God calls us, cleanses us, consecrates us, communes with us and commissions us.
  • For Old Testament types and shadows that tell of the ChristFor the myriad of promises to Israel fulfilled in Christ
  • For the Old Covenant and the New Covenant
  • For Creeds and Confessions
  • For the inerrant, infallible and inspired Word of God
  • For God the Father, for God the Son and for God the Holy Spirit


David Kruse said...

You are amazing. That's all I can say. Great Sermon. You continue to get better and better. :)

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