Tonight, the whole family loaded up into the car and headed to church for a special Thanksgiving Eve service.
My dad plays guitar in the church band- so we went to hear the music, listen to a sermon, see old friends, and of course- give thanks.
We also spend a good amount of time with a severe case of the giggles, due in part to our constant need to harmonize every song and hymn we sing. That's a story for another post.
The sermon wasn't standard; you would think the focus would be on giving thanks- and in a roundabout way, it was.
But instead, Father David talked about the gift we all have of knowing we have a Father who is orchestrating the events in our lives. It's not coincidence. The things we experience- both good and bad- are all bringing us into closer fellowship with God.
That's a huge thing to be thankful for- that we have a God who is constantly seeking a relationship with us.
Messages like that always hit home for me- especially sitting in a pew with my entire family.
The blessings we are surrounded with are no accident; it's not coincidence.
Tomorrow, I will give thanks for a lot of things. But most of all, the fact that God has a very intentional plan for my life- and I have so much hope for how that plan will unfold, what my role will be... and how it will all continue to play out for many Thanksgivings to come.