It’s that Time of Year Again

Usually, I’m not overly enthusiastic about holidays, even Thanksgiving and Christmas. Too many memories of too many people, too much stress, too many bills. Generally, not an enjoyable time for me. Until our own kids came along and I could see Christmas through their eyes and get reconnected to Christ by sharing His Christmas story with them.


Today, a writing friend reminded me of the importance of thankfulness and, in one brief moment, my mind flooded with all the things I am thankful for. Too many to write about in one blog.


I am alive today through a miracle of God and the unstinting prayer of my wife and my church. Nine years ago, Satan attacked my body through a damaged heart and surgical complications. I woke up eight days after my surgery completely unaware of all that had transpired, of how close I had come to leaving this earth, of leaving before my time, before His plan was completed.


Today, I am thankful for this life. I am thankful for a praying wife, a wife who wouldn’t quit, who wouldn’t be intimidated by the devil or give in to fear.


I am thankful for a Savior who answers prayers, who is faithful to perform His Word, who I can trust, who loves me and cares for me.


I am in awe of the fact that I wouldn’t be here without my wife and my God. And I am thankful for that.

6 Responses to It’s that Time of Year Again

  1. Kariss Lynch November 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Wow. I didn’t know that, Henry. What a huge blessing!

  2. Lori Freeland November 2, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    I am thankful for the life that I live. I am going to remind myself daily this month not to take it forgranted.

  3. Henry November 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Thank you, Lori. It is so easy to take this life for granted and it is so important that we don’t. Life is His gift. We need to treasure it.

  4. Henry November 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Yes, it is a huge blessing, one I remind myself of every day in prayer. And every time I pick up the electric razor to shave. Because of my meds I can’t use a razor blade.

  5. Emma Moore November 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Last night I was rearended while waiting for the light to change. I got instant pain from whiplash and some damage to my car but it could have been worse. I am thankful that it wasn’t. I’m also thankful that I have been able to get to know you and benefit from the gift God put in you.

  6. Henry November 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    Thank you. Know that you are in my prayers for quick and total healing.

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