Happy Thanksgiving! 2020 has not been the year any of us expected so it only seems fitting that few of us will get to celebrate Thanksgiving as normal. We will be leaving on Sunday afternoon to spend a week with my older kids and my parents. We will have the RV parked in a pasture in rural Seminole County, Oklahoma and be keeping our contact with others to a minimum. It has been four months since we have given any of them a hug. We will return the next Sunday evening and begin our two weeks of quarantine. Please call if you need anything. I know we are each learning daily of more people we love experiencing COVID. Stay safe and remember that this season of life will have an end.

It is easy to get wrapped up in all the negative headlines and experiences of 2020. As we head into Thanksgiving week, I am reminded of some of the great things I am thankful for. I have had more family time than any year I can remember as I have had the privilege to work from home many weeks. I got to spend a week skiing with some great friends the first week in March. I am grateful for my new church family and how they have accepted me and my family despite all the obstacles. I am thankful for my new church staff who all love their calling and give everything they have every week. I had the privilege to spend two months with my in-laws as well as my brother-in-law and his family. I have the best nieces and nephews in the world. We have a new home with a spectacular view where my kids can be themselves every day. God has blessed our daughter, Jordan, with a new career. Jonathan continues to play basketball for the Spurgeon Knights and thanks to live streaming we have even been able to see a game. These are just some of the many things I am thankful for. Many of these would not have been possible outside of the difficult pandemic we are living through.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving do not forget to thank God for the many blessings of your life. It is easy to find things we do not like about 2020. However, if you look closely you find that many of the current blessings of your life would not have been possible without this trying time. God is good all the time! He continues to make beauty our of ashes. He is taking the dry bones and giving them flesh. Bringing life from death is what God does and 2020 is no different. Open your eyes to God working around you and you will find much to be thankful for.

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